Friday Face-Off: Deep into the Ground

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:

“In the universe or going deep into the ground”
~ a cover featuring A BLACK HOLE

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

After a dig through my sci-fi bookshelves for any covers featuring black holes turned up nothing, I decided to explore the other interpretation, which was a hole going deep into the ground. That search wasn’t that much more successful, though I did find The Luminous Dead, a novel I had mixed feelings about, but it follows a caver who gets hired onto a dangerous mining mission to map the deep dark tunnels of the planet. More importantly, it has covers that sort of fit the bill, and they will be compared against each other today in a head-to-head:

 Harper Voyager (2019) – German Edition (2021)

So hard to choose this week. In many ways, the two covers are almost antithetical to each other, with one predominantly blue featuring someone reaching out of a hole, while the other one is fiery red and features a person reaching in. I do find the German edition slightly more interesting to look at though, and that perspective (and the skull) definitely puts you more on edge, so I think I’ll go with that one.

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

15 Comments on “Friday Face-Off: Deep into the Ground”

  1. I missed the whole alternate “deep in the ground” part and just gave up on this. No black holes to be found in any of my books, lol. I like the German edition😁


  2. I’m drawn to the Harper Voyager edition for the mystery and creepiness of it. I picture what’s crawling out to not be completely human, though I’ve not read the book, so don’t know if that really fits.


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