Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a new weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.
The Friday Face-Off: In The Beginning There Was Nothing, Which Exploded
Firefight (Reckoners #2) by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte Press – US Cover
Cover art by Craig Shields
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Gollancz – UK Cover
Cover art by Sam Green
The Friday Face-Off Winner is…
Gollancz – UK Cover; Cover Art by Sam Green
When I was thinking of a cover with an explosion, Firefight was the book that came to mind. However, I then immediately remember that the UK covers for I think every Sanderson books are done by Sam Green. So, the US didn’t have a chance 😄 Still, I will what I liked/don’t like about each:
I said this before when I did a Friday Face-Off for Mitosis: the US covers are too “YA” looking for me. Granted it is a YA story, but still – the cover make me feel like I am about to read a story that I meant for kids, not a story that can are be read by adults (and more readers probably are too!)
Aside from the layout, font, artistic talent, and color scheme, when I like most about the cover is the design that Green chose. The US seen doesn’t really have any relation to Firefight (I’m guessing though, the sky exploding has something to do with Calamity), but the UK is an actual scene. That is exactly how the city is: water level brought up to the roofs off all the buildings. The UK gives an accurate information for what is inside the book.
Which cover do you think is the best?