Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cover Love #7


Pretties! Pretties! Come see the pretties!

Actually, this week is a bit of departure, because I don't normally highlight sequels. I mean, drooling over covers is great, but what good is it if you haven't read the first book, right? I'd highlight the book before the one I'm about to show you, but the cover's not very good? But the one below? PRETTY!
The humans are weak and vulnerable. Soon the beasts that share their stone-age world will kill and eat them. To save his tribe, Stopmouth must make his way to the Roof, the mysterious hi-tech world above the surface. But the Roof has its own problems. The nano technology that controls everything from the environment to the human body is collapsing. A virus has already destroyed the Upstairs, sending millions of refugees to seek shelter below. And now a rebellion against the Commission, organized by the fanatical Religious, is about to break. Hunted by the Commission's Elite Agents through the overcrowded, decaying city of the future, Stopmouth must succeed in a hunt of his own: to find the secret power hidden in the Roof's computerized brain, and return to his people before it is too late. Peadar O Guilin has followed his extraordinary debut The Inferior with an equally original and pulse-racing sequel in which human primitivism collides with futuristic technology.
Isn't that just melt-your-face-off awesome? The cover just screams futuristic. The walls are covered in what looks like near-obsolete neon signs written in an unknown language. (My brain says Chinese, but who knows.)

It's all darkness and claustrophobia except for the light at the far end. The escape! The shadowy figure looks like he's running for his life. Actually, he probably is - who knows what's in the darkness. What we do know is that to get to that light, he has to pass an unceasing line of people.

We can tell they're people, but that's about all we can tell. They line in walls, hidden in the shadows. Unlike the figure, who is sprinting for freedom, they remain where they are, slumped and defeated.

Futuristic? Flight for survival? Impending doom with one chance for escape? Yes, please!

Now I just have to find (and read) the first book.

What do you think of this cover? Have you read The Deserter (or the first book, The Inferior)? What cover has you itching with excitement this week?