Friday Face-Off: Game or Puzzle

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:

“Oh, we loves games! Doesn’t we, precious?”
~ a cover featuring a GAME OR PUZZLE

Mogsy’s Pick:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Did someone say “Game”? I have just the book! Ready Player One is a sci-fi dystopian set in the year 2044, and the world has become a very grim place. However, a man by the name of James Halliday has created a virtual world known as the OASIS which people can plug into and escape their daily troubles. Upon his death, Halliday revealed that he has hidden the key to his vast fortune somewhere inside the OASIS, and our protagonist Wade Watts is determined to find it first. He has devoted the last five years studying all facets of Halliday’s life, hoping to glean something from the man’s obsession with 1980’s pop culture which would help Wade navigate the puzzles inside the virtual world.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of every available cover for this book (there are just way too many), but I’ve rounded up some of the more popular ones and those that are more puzzle-y or game-y.

From left to right, top to bottom:
Crown (2011) –Broadway Books (2012) – Cornerstone Digital (2011)
Czech Edition (2012) –Estonian Edition (2017) – Finnish Edition (2012)
French Edition (2013) –French Edition (2015) – German Edition (2012)
Spanish Edition (2011) –Norwegian Edition (2011) – Portuguese Edition (2016)
Serbian Edition (2011) – Romanian Edition (2016) – Turkish Edition (2016)







Truth is, there was ever only one possible winner for me this week. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Broadway Books edition, which captures the gritty reality of Wade’s world. Sure, it’s not as awe-inspiring or glamorous as anything you can find inside the OASIS, but that’s part of why I like it so much.

But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?


23 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Game or Puzzle

  1. Lots of good covers. I like the Broadway edition, but the video gamey ones get my attention too. I especially like the PAc Man one (awesome) and the Space Invader- themed ones too. And I actually really like the Romanian edition!


  2. The broadway edition was the one I opened in a Loot Crate
    a few years ago. I would rather receive a good novel over a
    lot of the plastic junk they put in those boxes these days.

    If you want to see people staring into the Oasis, look no
    farther than your nearest “smart” phone… very scary.


  3. Yeah, that’s the cover for me! I own the red and yellow hardback, and was super upset when I first saw a paperback with the trailer-park cover – it’s just so … evocative of the world everyone is escaping via OASIS. Book cover design at it’s best! 🙂


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