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Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday Face Off: Dark Parties

Earlier this week, Sara Grant's Dark Parties was in the kindle daily deals, which is how I came to realize it has a different cover from the one that graces my hardcover copy. And lo, a Face Off was born...
Below are the original US and the paperback US covers for the book. I'm also including the original UK cover (right), because waaaaaaay back when I read this one, I'd intended to do a Face Off of the US/UK covers then. Apparently that didn't happen...
Take a look at the three (and the synopsis below, if you haven't read the book), and then tell us in the comments which you think best suits. Which would you rather have on your shelves? Which would you reach for in the bookstore?
Which one did it better?

Sixteen-year-old Neva has been trapped since birth. She was born and raised under the Protectosphere, in an isolated nation ruled by fear, lies, and xenophobia. A shield "protects" them from the outside world, but also locks the citizens inside. But there's nothing left on the outside, ever since the world collapsed from violent warfare. Or so the government says...
Neva and her best friend Sanna believe the government is lying and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. But as Neva begins to uncover the truth, she realizes she must question everything she's ever known, including the people she loves the most.
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Last Week on FFO: The original and redone covers for Amy Christine Parker's Gated went head to head, and though  few of you liked the old cover and found it creepy, it leaned a little sci-fi; most of you agreed with the choice to redo the cover, and the shiny new look won the day.
Winner ----------> 

SIDE NOTE: As part of #WednesdayYA this month, we had an impromptu Friday-not-Friday Face Off for Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken. Voting is still going on, so come weigh in!


  1. It's a toss up between #1 and #2! Hmm... I think I'll go with #2!

  2. I'm also torn between #s 1 & 2, but I'm going with 2 for the nice treatment. #3 needs to die in a fire.

  3. You've left out my favourite version! The German one is by far the best: http://dystopischeliteratur.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/grant-neva.jpg
    (Though my name is Sara, I'm not THIS Sara, though, full disclosure, she is my buddy.)

    1. I've seen that one, but I try not to do more than three covers at once (and normally only two), so that it's more streamlined. I have done FFO follow-ups, where the winner takes on the next cover that didn't make it in the first time...

  4. I'd vote for the second/middle/#2 cover. The first with the melting snowflake is unfortunately placed- it looks like drippy snot. Ew.
    The UK/#3 cover looks ridiculously posed, unrealistic, and....like a political rally at a sweet 16.
    #2, though...has all the hallmarks of a dark/thriller YA.

    1. Now all I can see is drippy snot...

      Also, a political rally at a sweet 16...that's not a bad description, actually. Kinda suits the tone. lol!


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