The Compulsive Reader: Cover Talk: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cover Talk: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Hey all, I've been at residency for my master's program this past week and a half, so I apologize for the sporadic updates! But I just caught a glimpse of the cover for Panic by Lauren Oliver and thought I'd share!

So, this cover reminds me of a mash-up between Gone Girl and the Pandemonium cover. I'm sure the use of the same font and same sort of design scheme as Oliver's previous books is very intentional, but I wonder if the image is distinct enough to keep people from confusing this book with a Delirium book.

I do have to say that my favorite element is the light from the girl's face, and the pop of green in Lauren's name. What do you think of the cover?

Here is the official synopsis:
"Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do. 
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought. 
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. 
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most."

Can I just say that I think this sounds an awful lot like The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, only without killer horses?

I am very, very curious to read this book, and I know that when it comes to Oliver, she always surprises me in great ways! Panic will be available March 4th, 2013.


DJ D. said...

I agree with it possibly being too similar to the Delirium covers, yet I still LOVE this! I love how much the text and girl pop against the black. :-)

Shirley said...

Such a long time to wait! I think this cover is different enough to stand on its own, though I do see similarities. This sounds so good and Oliver never disappoints!

The Compulsive Reader said...

It does have a sort of high-fashion look to it.

Taschima Cullen said...

It reminded me of The Scorpio Races too! :P It's a pretty cover, but nothing "WOW". Hopefully it's better than Requiem was.

Kyle said...

I also thought it looked really similar to the delirium covers with the font. I can definitely see my students thinking it's another books in the series and being disappointed!

LinWash said...

I love the cover! Very dynamic!
And no need to apologize. You're a student now! Congrats on surviving your first residency. :-)

Briana said...

My favorite thing about this cover is the color scheme -- love the green & black. I like the dark, moody feel it has. And it totally reminded me of Gone Girl's cover too, along with the pb version of Elizabeth Fama's Monstrous Beauty.

Shalena @ Writer Quirk said...

I don't like that it has the same font as Delirium, and I don't think the rest of the cover is bold/original enough to stand out. Overall I am just underwhelmed and think they should have tried to distinguish it more from her major series. I'll still read it though! ^_^

E. B. Pike said...

It does sound like the Scorpio Races! I do love me some Lauren Oliver though, and she never ceases to amaze me with her writing, so I have to hope it's more unique than it seems from the blurb....

*crosses fingers*

I just followed your blog, Tirzah! Had fun hanging at rez!


Alice Ward @ Split-Site PhD said...

The cover did not really grab my attention. It almost sounded like a tamed down version of the Hunger Games. I’m not sure that I will be jumping to put this on my to-read list.

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