25.3.15

Cover Love: We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach


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This might be a surprising choice, given my usual selection of busy, vibrant covers.  But I adore this.  To me, the book cover's most important job is to express the feeling of the book.  For a novel about the last days before an asteroid destroys Earth, this sparse, dark, cover is perfect.  The tiny teenagers and title surrounded by black lend an atmosphere of hopelessness, smallness, helplessness.  People overwhelmed by something larger.  My main critique is the photo.  I love the bare, realistic edge, but the lack of filter makes the cover look cheaper than it could.  It just needs an overlay to unify the image.  And that bright blanketed couple steals too much of the show.

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with every book cover comes a music cover 




Fun fact: I'm a Marilyn Manson fan.  The casual kind--can't say I have the same obsession as with Nirvana--but I adore his raspy, horror movie aesthetic.  One of his iconic songs is "Personal Jesus".  And it's a cover.  The original, which is good but lacks Manson's throaty creepiness, is by Depeche Mode.  It's a fitting song to pair with a book about the end of days, no?    




6 comments:

  1. Great post. I really like this cover. I like that it's not very text heavy. I love the simplicity. Plus it really does capture the tone of the story. And having a copy of the book, it has this great matte finish that makes it super soft! But I also agree on the focus being on the blanketed couple. I thought that too.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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    1. Thanks! Ooh, I can't wait to see it in person. So far I've only seen it on screen; I don't think the computer captures all covers very well. I think a matte finish would really help with some of my complaints. Except for blanketed couple. :P Too bright! Glad it's not just me.

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  2. The first time I saw this cover I thought it was a placeholder cover. But the more I see it, the more I like it - even the unpolished feel. Funny what attracts us to different covers :)

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    1. Haha, how funny! I was pretty indifferent to it at first, but it's grown on me. It's so interesting how some people can love the same cover that others hate. Sometimes just a little detail will draw me to certain covers--or annoy me.

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  3. Honestly this cover was so amazing! I like the ARC cover more than the finished copy! I like that the front of the ARC is blank and the title is on the side!

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    1. Oooh, I didn't realize the ARC was blank. That's awesome! I like books that aren't afraid to go edgy with the covers. The blankness is perfect for something with dark overtones.

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