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
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?