Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cover Story: Birthmarked

I am currently reading Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien (and loving it), therefore, it was the perfect candidate for our first Cover Story.
Here's the synopsis:

IN THE ENCLAVE, YOUR SCARS SET YOU APART, and the newly born will change the future.

Sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone and her mother faithfully deliver their quota of three infants every month. But when Gaia’s mother is brutally taken away by the very people she serves, Gaia must question whether the Enclave deserves such loyalty. A stunning adventure brought to life by a memorable heroine, this dystopian debut will have readers racing all the way to the dramatic finish.

This is the jacket that my ARC has, but it is not the final cover.

My thoughts: The earthy colors bring a bit of the setting and culture forth. Then the type of text used is very sci-fy style, blocky and harsh, a perfect representation for the dystopian aspect. The model accurately represents the physical look of the main character, Gaia, from the descriptions in the book. Her strong and defiant gaze hints at her inner character. All in all, I really like this cover.

Wrapped around my ARC was this cover, the final one.

My Thoughts: This cover has a much darker atmosphere than the last one, symbolizing corrupted and callous society. The model's face is blocked by her hair, but rightly so since in the book she often hides her scar with her hair. She also has a defiant look, reflecting her character. The colorful squiggly lines immediately remind me of DNA and genetics, which I believe will come to play a part in the book.

My Conclusion: I believe that both of these beautiful covers are excellent representations of the book. I can't decide which I prefer. What about you?

Click HERE to read about the evolution of this cover.

Read an excerpt from Birthmarked HERE.

And check out Caragh M. O'Brien's website HERE.


Comment, comment, comment! We love your words, so type, type, type, Readers!

We love to hear from authors, fellow reviewers, YA readers, and random members of the general public. Have your say, and let us know what you think!