Friday Face-Off: Abandoned Buildings

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:

“Woe, destruction, ruin, and decay; the worst is death and death will have his day.”
a cover featuring ABANDONED BUILDINGS

Mogsy’s Pick:

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Behold Newcago – the setting of Steelheart, the first book of Brandon Sanderson’s YA superhero trilogy. Built upon the metallic ruins of the city formerly known as Chicago, what’s left is a landscape made up of completely solid steel after a High Epic named Steelheart went bonkers and transformed everything around him with his superpowers. And just as I expected, this post-apocalyptic dystopian’s covers are rife with imagery depicting abandoned buildings and other defunct structures. Let’s check them out now:

From left to right, top to bottom:
Delacorte Press (2013) – Orion Books (2013) – Ember (2014)

French Edition (2015) – Danish Edition (2015) – German Edition (2016)

Polish Edition (2015) – Portuguese Edition (2016) – Russian Edition (2015)

Slovak Edition (2014) – Greek Edition (2016) – Czech Edition (2015)

Italian Edition (2014) –Dutch Edition (2016) – Thai Edition (2015)


Chinese Edition (2014) – Bulgarian Edition (2013) – Indonesian Edition (2016)


So many covers, and representing such a wide range of styles and themes! Many of them aren’t half bad either, making it very difficult to choose my favorite this week. But maybe it’s my current mood, or just the cold, grey and drab weather outside right now, but I find myself repeatedly drawn back to the dark, moody atmosphere of the 2015 Danish edition. I also love the simple yet powerful effect of the sepia tones and just the stark drama of the crumbling ruins captured in this image.

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

36 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Abandoned Buildings”

    • I like it too, though it really doesn’t fit the book and I suspect this one is actually the Dutch edition of Alloy of Law and someone might have mistakenly filed it under Steelheart, lol!

      Edit: After some googling, it appears that I may have been right. I’ve removed and replaced that version with something else!


      • You guys might be on to something! While I may have found the Dutch 2014 edition under the Steelheart page in Goodreads, I wonder if someone might have done it as a mistake. I think this should have been Alloy of Law. It makes more sense translation-wise, and also the cover fits the style of AoL a lot more.

        Edit: After some googling, I think this is exactly the case. I’ve removed the cover and replaced it with another edition!

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  1. Like a lot of people, I kind of like the Dutch edition. I do recognize the Orion edition as belonging to the style of books by him people order from Book Depository because they like the covers better. I actually think that one would come in second for me. Who knew this book had so many covers?


  2. Ooh a bunch of nice covers! I think I like the Orion Books edition maybe the best, and for some reason the greek edition also appeals to me a little. The Thai edition is interesting.


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