Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cover Love #26

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

With evocative, spare language and incredible drama, danger, and romance, debut author Mindy McGinnis depicts one girl’s journey in a barren world not so different than our own.
A good cover can make all the difference. I shied away from this book at first, stemming from some college-related book PTSD involving our ever-dwindling water supplies. Bad memories there, you guys. So I stayed away. I just didn't care about the otherwise cool setup.

And then the cover was released. My gosh. Everything about it is PERFECT. The hauntingly beautiful mix of black-and-white and color landscape, the text that's nestled amid the scene rather than being plastered on top, and the lone figure standing watch atop the cabin roof. It totally drives home the prairie dystopia setting in a way that blows my mind.

What do you think of this cover, and what cover are you loving this week?