"People think there's something hidden in the Spill, fairies in those wisps of light. They're wrong...The Spill Zone shows everything."
-Scott Westerfeld, Spill Zone
No one really knows how the Spill came about. Since no one can figure out its origins, only government scientists are allowed inside. But Addison knows how to get in, and she uses the images she creates to her advantage. It's the only way she can support herself and her little sister. She's desperate to find out what happened the night the Spill Zone was created.
I was intrigued by the concept of this, and it definitely was a quick read. You're thrown into the world almost immediately, and are forced to use visual clues in order to figure out what's exactly happen in this dystopic universe.
On its own, I don't feel like much happens in this volume. You're introduced to Addison's world, and introduced to future conflicts, but that's pretty much it. I was frustrated with the lack of explanation we got in this volume, explanation that I know will probably come later. There wasn't much wow here for me, but there is enough interest for me to pick up the next book and see where it goes.
Overall, there were too many threads that weren't tied up here, and while I'm usually a fan of that, this felt too incomplete to me.