The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Revolution Cover Change Up

Friday, October 7, 2011

Cover Talk: Revolution Cover Change Up

So, last year I read this book that almost made my heart stop, it was so good. It was Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. I find it extremely hard to articulate what I feel for this book, so generally I just urge people to pick it up and give it a try. You can read my review here.

I really like the cover of the hardcover because it gives you a feel for the two time periods the book represents, it's pretty, and I like the red ribbon with the key on it. It's striking, it's unusual, and it fits the book very well.

I was a bit disappointed to see that the paperback edition got a new cover. I think the original is splendid, and I just don't see how this new one is as unique...it has some drama to it, that's for sure, but not quite the same flare as the hardcover cover. Here it is...what do you think?

In fact...it reminds me a lot of these:

A new trend, perhaps?

I do, however, like it better than the UK cover. It is pretty, and that key is amazing, but it's a little plain. 

What do you think? Which cover(s) do you like the best?


Anonymous said...

The original was SO much better!!
I don't like the new one.
To start, the girl there looks kind of old to be the girl of the book, and it looks like she wants to do something weird to that key.

The UK one doesn't bother me but I also don't think it's all that.

jayme said...

I saw the paperback cover a few months ago and I was really saddened by the redesign. I ADORE Revolution (no matter what book I'm recommending I usually add this one in too). I probably would not pick up the paperback version of this book if I was in a book store. The lovely cover and deckled pages make the hardback gorgeous, and stand out. The UK is nice, but plain.

Beth S. said...

I completely agree with you that the new cover just isn't doing it.

I also had a hard time articulating what I loved so much about this book, though the musical aspect is what piqued my interest the most. In fact, I was devastated when I discovered that Mahlerbeau wasn't a real composer. When I finished the book, I was looking forward to listening to the Fireworks concerto and given how vividly Donnelly wrote about this composer's music, I would have thought for sure he was real.

sunnynikki said...

I haven't read the book yet but I think I'd be more likely to read the book with the second cover. It sounds good so I might pick it up but the first cover seems too old fashioned for me, I much prefer the book with the face and the key. I don't like the foreign edition with just the key at all.