Friday Face-Off: Starry Sky
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:
“Moonlight drowns out all but the brightest stars.”
~ a cover featuring a STARRY SKY
The Space Between the Stars by Anne Corlett
The Space Between the Stars is a novel about one woman’s journey through a desolate galaxy after much of humanity has been wiped out by a deadly plague. One in a million. That was the purported survival rate of the virus that ravaged through every world inhabited by humans. Stationed on a remote planet, Jamie Allenby was able to escape the worst of the virus’s effects, though her isolation has left her cut off from the rest of civilization. Now she is desperate to locate her long-term partner Daniel, from whom she had separated after the loss of their unborn child. Jamie has no idea if Daniel is even still alive, but an unknown transmission received on her communicator gives her hope. Recalling an old conversation they had about meeting up in Northumberland in the event of an apocalypse scenario, Jamie sets her sights on returning to Earth.
Can’t say I loved this book, but it fits this week’s theme well. Ironically, the novel is inherently light on the science fiction, despite its post-apocalyptic premise, space traveling narrative, and star-speckled covers. Let’s take a look at them now:
From left to right:
Berkley (2017) – Pan Macmillan (2017)
Thorndike Press (2017) – Italian Edition (2017)
Bonus: two more covers that are variations of the ones featured above, but recolored:
Berkley Paperback (2018) – Pan Paperback (2018)
I decided I just had to feature the recolored paperback versions this week, even though they are so similar to their hardcover counterparts. It’s amazing what a difference a color change makes, because I actually like them both better than the originals. Needless to say, deeper hues make for better “starry sky” covers. I’m going to have to go with the Pan Paperback edition as my favorite this time, but the Berkley Paperback comes very close. Depending on my mood, I think it could go either way.
But what do you think? Which one is your favorite?