Friday Face-Off: Train

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:

“Travelling down the track”
~ a cover featuring a TRAIN

Mogsy’s Pick:

Malorie by Josh Malerman

In this standalone sequel to Bird Box, our titular protagonist and her now teenage children Tom and Olympia find themselves alone again after a terrible incident occurs at their last place of refuge. One day, a man claiming to be a census taker visits them at their new shelter, leaving behind a report which turns Malorie’s world upside down. Weighing the significance of the news she has just received, she decides to risk venturing out once more with the children, blindfolded against the threat of the mysterious creatures that can drive a person to suicide or homicidal madness by just looking at them.

Let’s take a look at the covers:

From left to right:
Del Rey (2020) – Turkish Edition (2020)

Russian Edition (2021) – Bulgarian Edition (2020)


A good chunk of this story actually takes place on a train, which is why I’m surprised we don’t see this reflected on more covers. However, the only one to feature a train, the Bulgarian edition, is absolutely stunning in its imagery and concept. It’s easily my favorite of today’s covers.

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

10 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Train”

  1. I really like all these covers! They look so creepy and I think they all really suit the book. It’s hard to pick a favourite for me.


  2. Without reading the description of the book I’d choose the Del Rey cover, though there’s not much there to show any difference with the previous book. But given the description I’d also choose the Bulgarian edition. Very interesting design with the train and birds, and interesting that it’s sort of behind her headed away. Granted, it’s be difficult to do it any differently.


    • The weird monster one is totally bizarre! It’s brave as well since we never know what the creatures look like (since no one has seen one and survived), so the artist was bold enough to make their own interpretation!


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