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To (somewhat) quote my daughter, who was looking over my shoulder as I viewed this cover, she said, "That's creepy as f#*k!" (It's okay, she's 23.) That wasn't exactly the first thought I had, though I'll say the face is quite jarring. Even if the cover didn't say it upfront, this cover screams sci-fi thriller. From the color to the molecule diagrams, the DNA, the single cyborg-like eye gazing out all set the tone. The chain link and barbed wire give me a sense of some sort of techno-prison and genetic experiments, further enhancing the creepy factor (in a good way.) When the image is reduced to a thumbnail the face becomes even more distinct, which works well. I also like the way the author's name is set off from the image. This is a sharp and professional looking cover and there's no ambiguity about the genre. I'm not regularly a sci-fi reader but I'll be giving this a closer look. My only suggestion would be to change the white glow 'shadow' behind the title, it diminishes the contrast of the letters. The font is a good size and weight, I just think it could stand out the slightest bit more. Overall I think this cover works well. Nicely done.
I agree with everything CE Grundler said. I think this is a very good cover but I'd get rid of the shadow on the title. I like the way everything else is presented and especially like the way the author's name is displayed.
I have to completely disagree with the above comments. If the cover didn't say "a sci-fi thriller" I wouldn't have known it was such. in fact, given the helix, dna sequences and the molecular structure taking up so much of the image, I would have labeled it a medical thriller.The cover doesn't do much for me, unfortunately. Barbed wire and a half-seen face doesn't make me go "oh I have to read this" and the confusion between what the cover says "a sci-fi thriller" and what it looks like (a medical thriller) would make me pass it by without much of a second thought.One final comment - there's a fairly large contingent of writers in the SF community who have been advocating against the "sci-fi" label for years. You might want to consider changing that.
This cover says "cyber-thriller" to me. It suggests menace, fear, and genetic experimentation. I like that it's basically all one color, which works well to convey a sense of coldness and actinic light. The contrast between the blue and the white is quite effective, except that the title gets a little lost behind the face on the right. The author's name shows up well. The title is a little obscured.Out of fairness I should point out that this book is likely to lose some of its potential audience with the tagline "a sci-fi thriller". Among dedicated science fiction readers the term "sci-fi" is scorned as a term for trashy pulp. Just call it "science fiction", or "sf", which is the preferred term among dedicated fans.Ah, I see Joseph has already brought that up.
wow. I thought I was 'old school' but I gave up worrying about "sci-fi" a pejorative two decades ago.I like the cover over all -- I think it's a bit busy altho the echo of barbed wire, chain link, dna chain, molecular chain works darn well. I agree about the drop shadow on the title - the extra white makes my eyes blur. Along the same lines I can't help but wonder what it would look like if you dropped the 'spot light' effect off the top ... would it look "cleaner"..? or just "flatter"...? I'd give it a solid A as it sits but I think removing that white drop shadow might make it A+
Great cover!I would say this is a biotech thriller. There is obviously some kind of experimentation going on.I'd agree with the suggestion on previous posts to drop the glow shadow on the title. It is a bit too bright. Other than that, this is a really solid cover. Two thumbs up!
I really like this cover. Well done.I am very old school Science Fiction fan and have no problem with the term "sci-fi"... That being said it might be classier if it was spelled out as Science Fiction.I would also agree with everyone else and play with the drop shadow along the text.
I thought it was a biotech/medical thriller, not sci fi.And I actually thought YA because the image of the face seems very young to me.
The images on the cover and the sci-fi-thriller spelled out are in contrast to the actual title, which kind of has a para-normal/fantasy ring to it - for me, anyway. There's a lot going on, but it catches the eye and peaks interest. So it works, I guess.
@amanda -- hehe - I have that problem with every cover. They ALL look *very young* to me. It kinda creeps me out at times. "My god! She looks young enough to be my daughter!" ... (of course at my age, that means she looks almost 40.) *cackle* Hey, you kids! get off my LAN.
Great comments! Thank you so much. :)
I don't know that I would've gotten "sci-fi thriller" as much as I would've gotten "science thriller," i.e. a thriller with some kind of medical or DNA theme, but that could also easily be sci-fi. I also have no problem with the term sci-fi. "Science Fiction" is a little more high-brow, if that's what you're going for, but I think "sci-fi" sounds a little more fun.I agree with others about the shadowing around the title. I also wonder if there's room to put in a little quote from an endorsement or review.
Great cover. It's professional, appealing and perfectly captures the genre -- which is helpfully explicated right on the front (nice touch). Unlike a lot of books that merge several pictures, the montage here is perfectly balanced and united by a common color scheme. The author font/set up is great; the title font is terrific. Personally, I have no problem with the shadow or highlights. Good all around, as far as I'm concerned, and it would definitely make me take a look.