Friday Face-Off: City
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:
“That great condenser of moral chaos, The City”
~ a cover featuring a CITY
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
My pick for this week is a brutal dystopian set in 23rd century Thailand, in a world devastated by ecological disasters and economic collapse. Humanity is now almost entirely dependent on biotechnology for food production, and megacorporations control the market using their own genetically modified seeds, which have all but replaced the natural order. The capital city of Bangkok only survives due to technology, but its future is always hanging by a thread.
The titular character of the novel is Emiko, a “Windup Girl” genetically engineered to be a docile slave. After being abandoned by her master, Emiko is forced to endure abuse and humiliation at the club where she works in exchange for a measure of protection against the Thai government. If they find out she exists, she would be destroyed.
The covers for this book are many and varied, so let’s take a look at some of them now:
First row, from left to right: Night Shade Books (2009) – Subterranean Press (2011) – French Edition (2013)
Italian Edition (2013) – Polish Edition (2013) – Serbian Edition (2014) – Russian Edition (2012)
Chinese Edition (2012) – Romanian Edition (2013) – Czech Edition (2011)
This week is a really mixed bag, with some excellent covers along with some not-so-great ones (e.g. the monstrosities that are the Serbian and Czech editions that seem to have confused this for a horror novel). There are a couple that I love so much though, I think I’m going to have to go with a tie. My choices for the winners are the Night Shade Books (2009) and Chinese Edition (2012) covers, and I’m just gonna go ahead and leave the original artwork pieces here to speak for themselves.
What do you think? Which one is your favorite?