Friday Face-Off: Circus
Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme created by Books by Proxy! Each Friday, we will pit cover against cover while also taking the opportunity to showcase gorgeous artwork and feature some of our favorite book covers. If you want to join the fun, simply choose a book each Friday that fits that week’s predetermined theme, post and compare two or more different covers available for that book, then name your favorite. A list of future weeks’ themes are available at Lynn’s Book Blog.
This week’s theme is:
“You can get the monkey off your back, but the circus never leaves town!”
~ a cover featuring the CIRCUS
Pantomime by Laura Lam
This week is another head-to-head contest. Coming up with covers featuring circuses was certainly not a problem, but I just couldn’t pass up this opportunity to talk about one of my favorite books! Yes, Pantomime is a story about a circus, the greatest circus in all of Ellada. But peel back the layers, and it is also a coming-of-age story dealing with matters of gender and sexuality. This fantasy YA novel follows an intersex teen named Micah Grey as he embarks on a journey to understand his non-binary identity and what that might mean to him physically and socially as he attempts to find his place in the world.
Let’s check out the covers:
2013 Strange Chemistry (left) vs. 2015 Pan Macmillan
And as a bonus, here are the covers to the sequels too, even though I haven’t read them yet:
2014 Strange Chemistry (Left) vs. 2016 Pan Macmillan (Right)
2017 Pan Macmillan
As much as I love the new designs, I’m going to have to go with the original covers. They’re more mysterious and enticing, and they just grab my attention right away. I also generally prefer covers with people on them, and seeing these covers also makes me feel nostalgic for Strange Chemistry.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?