Friday Face-Off: Double Image or Reflection
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:
~ a cover featuring a DOUBLE IMAGE or REFLECTION
Binary by Stephanie Saulter
So I had this post all planned out and halfway drafted before I went to grab info on the book…and realized I hadn’t actually read it yet! Oops! So, apologies for cheating a little this week, but I’ve decided to keep this as my pick regardless, because 1) I did read the first book, which I loved to pieces, and 2) I own both the UK and US editions and am pretty fond of both covers, hence why I thought to feature it in the first place. Binary is the second book of the ®Evolution series, set in the not-so-far-off future. The first book Gemsigns explained how a devastating virus almost wiped out humanity, and in order to survive, almost every new person born on the planet had to be genetically modified.
However, some genetic engineers went even further, giving rise to different kinds of genetically modified humans, termed “Gems”, which were tailored to specific duties that needed performing. However, with minimal thought given to their quality of life or well-being when they were created, Gems became essentially nothing but humanity’s tools. A century later though, the Declaration finally freed gems from their servitude, but neglected to translate and clarify their rights or status in the global legal system. In this period of instability, some gemtech companies would like nothing more than to see everything return to the pre-Declaration days, but fortunately the gems have Aryel Morningstar, their charismatic spokesperson who will do all she can to ensure that their voices will be heard.
I really need to get to this book at some point. Gemsigns was awesome, so I have no idea why I still haven’t! In the meantime, let’s check out the covers. It’s a head-to-head between only two this week, but I think they’re both pretty eye-catching:
Jo Fletcher Books UK – 2014 (left) vs. Jo Fletcher Books US – 2015 (right)
They’re both very striking covers, each featuring bold, brilliant colors. But I confess, I chose this book with already a clear winner in mind. While I’ve been a fan of the minimalist design of the UK edition ever since it came out, I have to say when the US edition was released a year later, I was just completely floored by the stunning imagery. And the best part? It’s actually an allusion to my favorite scene from the first book. That’s all I’ll say about that though, no spoiling!
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?