Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld

Illustrated by Alex Puvilland


Addison supports her traumatized little sister by sneaking into and taking pictures of the "spill zone" - what used to be her hometown, until an unexplained event (aliens? nuclear explosion?) caused it to warp into a sinister no-man's-land of mutants, strange happenings, and zombie-like people. When someone approaches her to steal something out of there, she can't resist the reward. 

Atmospheric and spooky with the format really enhancing the story. The only drawback is it is clearly just the beginning of a much larger story. Be aware: lots of language.