I admit I’m a book cover snob. Who isn’t though?
Book covers are the first thing that attracts readers to a book. A good cover can draw someone is, just as a bad cover can easily draw someone away. It can essentially make or break a book. Holy, Mother Cover! is where I showcase the book covers that stand out (or make me cringe), and discuss cover changes.
US versus UK: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
“Is this a joke?” was the question that entered my mind when the US cover of Extraordinary Means was unveiled. I don’t understand why this was deemed the official cover because—well, look at it. It’s so ugly—from the font choices to whatever scene it’s trying to portray. Sure, this cover isn’t like any I’ve seen before, but it’s so uninspiring. I don’t see what it has anything to do with the story.
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Hell no.
This is how Extraordinary Means should look like. This UK cover is superior than the US one. I love the illustration. The book deals with a strain of Tuberculosis, which is a bacterial disease that affects the lungs, so it makes sense the illustration is in the shape of a lung! But it’s also a tree! How clever is that?
Would I buy this book based on the cover? Yes, yes, yes!
Final Verdict: UK! I don’t think we have to dwell much on which is better. The UK cover puts the US one to shame. (I prefer to ignore the US cover’s existence.)