Friday Face-Off: Plane
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:
“When everything seem to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it ….”
~ a cover featuring a PLANE
The Three by Sarah Lotz
There were several books I could have gone with this week, and almost every one of them featured a plane crash on the cover, making this a very stressful topic for me as an aviophobe. But even if I hadn’t already had a fear of flying, this novel would have instilled it in me. The Three is a horror/thriller about four plane crashes that changed the world. They all happened within hours, on the same day, on four different continents. Terrorism, environmental factors, equipment failure and human error were all ruled out, leaving aviation experts baffled as to what could have brought the planes down. Strangely though, in three out of the four crashes, a single child survivor is found amidst the wreckage.
It should have been impossible. No one could have survived those horrific crashes, but somehow, these children did. Dubbed “The Three”, some people claim that they are a miracle, while others are calling the mysterious plane crashes a sign heralding the End of Days, claiming that the children represent three out of the four horsemen of the apocalypse (but then where is the fourth? Might there be another child out there, waiting to be found?) Certainly, rumors of the disturbing things happening around the child survivors aren’t helping matters….
Okay. Deep breath, Mogsy. You can do this. Let’s take a look at the different covers I could find.
From left to right, top to bottom: Little, Brown and Company (2014) – Hodder and Stoughton (2014)
Spanish (2015) – Russian (2014) – Italian (2015) – Serbian (2014) – Arabic (2015) – Arabic
I used to love the Hodder and Stoughton cover because of the subtle symbolism of the faded out “fourth tally”, but I have to admit, setting up this post and seeing the same motif used again and again on so many covers has somewhat dampened my fondness for it. I could have posted many more language editions, but they all pretty much this same image. So I’m going to go with the Little, Brown and Company edition this time, for its foreboding atmosphere. I like how the plane is so understated that you almost don’t even see it.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?