Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cover Comparison [17]

I'm a big fan of the Gone series by Michael Grant. However I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of the book covers so awhile ago I decided to see if there were any other cover versions. Not surprisingly I came across the UK covers! How about we compare the two cover sets?

US Covers

 UK Covers

US Covers: When I first started reading this series I absolutely detested these covers. I thought they were the epitome of YA cheesiness and that they looked especially vampiresque. Which is actually kind of strange since they really don't look anything like Twilight.... After reading the books these covers have definitely grown on me. I like that they used the same models for each cover and I do think the models are fair representations of how I pictured the characters. However I still feel that these covers are lacking. They're just your basic stereotypical YA photo cover and Gone is far from your typical YA series. They deserve better!

UK Covers: If there is one thing I've noticed about UK covers its that they tend to be more minimalistic especially when it comes to covers for scifi/fantasy series. Just compare these Gone covers to the UK Maze Runner cover and the new UK Hunger Games cover. Similar minimalistic style ehhh? But that's besides the point. I really like these covers despite their somewhat overly minimalistic style. I just love how the neon colors pop against the gray background. I don't know why the cover for Lies is black while the others are more of a charcoal gray but that doesn't really matter too much. My favorite cover of the bunch is definitely Plague with the creepy parasites/germs floating around the letters! Such a nice (and creepy!) touch.

So who wins? I've gotta give it to the UK covers. Even though they are a bit too simplistic I think they stand out far more then the US covers. I'm still a fan of the character representations on the US covers though. The best photo renderings of book characters ever? Possibly!

Which set of  covers for the Gone series do YOU like best? Be sure to vote in the poll below and sound off in the comments about why you made your decision!

If you have any suggestions for future cover comparisons please leave them in the form below and maybe I'll use them in the future!

Julia :)


  1. did not like the uk covrs but when 2gether bettr than the us ones

  2. While I think the US covers are cheesy too, the UK ones are too plain for my liking.

  3. Wow, I'm surprised at the poll results. I've never heard of this series, haha, but I think the UK covers look better and they're a LOT more appealing to me than the US covers.

  4. I'm rather attached to the US covers as those are the ones I started the series with. I like that all the models are the same on US and I feel the UK ones don't quite fit the series.

  5. I didn't like the UK covers at all. They were more the type I'd expect on an Indie book with a low budget than this awesome series.


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