Friday, June 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: Broken Monsters

The South African cover for Lauren Beukes' forthcoming novel, Broken Monsters, has finally been revealed. Wow! Joey Hi-Fi really outdid himself again with a truly captivating mix of his stunning illustrations and location photos . The SA cover blows both the UK and US editions out of the water. I want it! I want it now!

Release date: July 2014
ISBN: 9781415202005 
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Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit’s standards: half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused together. And it’s only the first.

As winter closes in on Detroit, strange and disturbing corpses start turning up in unusual places, pulling several lives into the killer’s orbit.

Gabi has to juggle the most harrowing case of her career with being a single mom to her troubled teen daughter Layla.

Layla, egged on by her best friend Cas, is playing a dangerous game with an online predator.

Broken Monsters is a dark and gripping thriller about the death of the American Dream, online fame, creativity, compromise and the undercurrents of the world we live in right now.


The difference in the designs are quite startling. My first choice would obviously be the South African cover. Between the UK and US covers I'd give the edge to the UK one, even though it has a pretty generic crime/thriller look. I'm not quite sure what to make of the US cover. Graffiti gone wrong?

Which cover do you prefer?

(A quick Twitter poll made it clear the SA cover is the firm favorite with 20 votes, US with 6 and UK with only 4. I must admit that I'm surprised that so many people prefer the US cover.) 

The US cover:

Release date: 16 September 2014 (US)
ISBN: 9780007464593
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The UK cover:

Release date: 31 July 2014 (UK)
ISBN: 9780007464593
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  1. SA all the way! I think the US cover is continuing a theme set with the US Shining Girls cover wide border block text and an image against a white background in the centre

  2. The SA cover is my favorite, with the UK one in second. Really looking forward to this book.

  3. It's strange, the three covers are so different you don't even think it's the same book inside! The South-African cover is by far the best. I love it, even as a piece of artwork in itself. The other ones are either ugly either dull!

  4. The SA cover is by far the best and the US cover is my least favourite.