Saturday, March 29, 2008

Cover Comparisons

Okay, so the middle school guys book group is reading H.I.V.E, by Mark Walden. It's all about Otto, a kid who's good at being bad, and how he's kidnapped by this school for budding villainous types (H.I.V.E. stands for Higher Institute of Villainous Education) to train him in the ways of trickery, hack-ery, and overall villainy. Only, Otto is having none of it. So he spends the book getting together a team of like-minded kids to help him bust out of the school, located on an isolated volcanic island, and escape the computer traps, monsters, and deadly assassins. Pretty cool, huh?

But what I want to talk about is the covers. Or not talk, just show. Up on the right is the original hardback cover with illustrations by the awesome Adam Rex. And on the left is the paperback cover, which the sequel resembles (it's green instead of...metallic orange? bronze? I can't tell). Which do you think looks cooler?

That hardback cover? That thing popped. I want to read that book. The other one? Maybe it's just me, but the latest version vanishes into a sea of metallic cover sameness--is this Alex Rider? Is this Evil Genius? Is it even different from those others? Who knows what's inside that cover.

Which is too bad, because inside these covers is an action-packed story of Mission Impossible/Great Escape coolness.

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