#SciFiMonth Friday Face-Off: Words Only

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:

“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.”
~ a cover that has WORDS ONLY

Mogsy’s Pick:

Invictus by Ryan Graudin

This week, we have a YA time travel story starring a protagonist with a very unique background. Conceived in 95AD, the result of a tryst between a time-traveling Recorder and a Roman gladiator, Farway Gaius McCarthy was born just as his mother Empra and her crew were in the middle of jumping back to their own year of 2354. While the entire truth behind the circumstances of his birth was kept a secret (and not just because of the whopping number of time laws Empra broke), nothing can change the fact that Far was born out of time, and his existence has been the bane of census takers and record keepers ever since.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2017) – Hachette Children’s Group (2017)

Italian Edition (2018) – Czech Edition (2019)


See, the thing with text-only covers is that they can be kind of bland. I’m not crazy about any of the covers this week, but I do have to say I like the blurred effects of the city skyline and reflection in the Italian edition. The Czech edition is interesting too, but the problem is that it also looks kind of steampunk, and I really don’t see how that has anything to do with the story.

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

20 Comments on “#SciFiMonth Friday Face-Off: Words Only”

  1. Sounds like an interesting story, one with a lot of potential paths it could go down. And I agree with your cover choice. I was immediately drawn to the blurry effects of the Italian cover and how they help the superimposed text stand out.


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