Friday Face-Off: Moon
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:
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars”
~ a cover featuring the MOON
The Dark Side by Anthony O’Neill
The Dark Side is a gritty, dark, and violent futuristic sci-fi mystery thriller that takes place on the moon. Our protagonist Lieutenant Damien Justus is the patently incorruptible good cop from Earth who has just arrived in the lunar territory known as Purgatory, a place where the shadier your record is the better the chance you’ll flourish and thrive. Its capital, appropriately named Sin, is a haven for criminals and lowlifes who have come to the moon to escape their old lives, but now with a new sheriff in town, their days are numbered. Justus is here to clean up Purgatory, and to him, no one is above the law. Almost immediately, he’s tasked to investigate a string of assassinations targeting the movers and shakers of lunar society.
Meanwhile though, far from Purgatory in the Seidel Crater, a black-haired, black-eyed, black-tied, black-suited homicidal android takes his first steps towards self-discovery and a two-thousand kilometer journey of death and destruction. What does a psycho-killer robot murdering his way across the lunar landscape have to with Justus’ investigation? Ah, wouldn’t you like to know…but now, it’s cover time:
From left to right, top to bottom: English (2016) – Hungarian (2017) – German (2017) – Spanish (2017) – Chinese(2017)
My winner is the Hungarian edition, because how can you look at that and not wonder what the hell is going on in that picture? It’s also a very good depiction of the creepy, crazy, completely homicidal Mr. Black as he stalks his way silently across the desolate lunar surface.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?