a critique site for book lovers, hosted by author Jude Hardin
Modern thriller?I love this cover as a cover. I love the color, the grunged out nuclear waste symbol and the use of color and shading in the title. If I had to nitpick, I think I'd question why, if the title is "Badwater" there was no water. Also, I'd be tempted to use more of a slab font and some grunge effect on the title. But this one would definitely make me pick it up.
Apocolyptic fiction. This is a really cool cover. The bleakness comes through so well, it creeps me out. ;-)
It looks like Apocolyptic fiction to me also.I don't like the type face or the reverse gradient inside the letters. This cover would standout more with a different font. As Robin says a grunge font might work or something more futuristic. The choice will say more about what the book is about also.
I like this cover. My only issue is what Robin has already pointed out - it's interesting that the title is Badwater and the graphic is of a parched wasteland. I guess that really is some bad water. ;-)
Thanks everyone for your comments. Very interesting, very useful. The genre is a hybrid: forensic mystery and ecothriller. It's apocolyptic only in the sense that the threat is to contaminate Death Valley national park with radiation...but there is no end-of-the-world plot.About the lack of water: I tried doing this cover myself first (it was much improved by a pro), and I searched the stock photo sites for scary desert pix with water. Everything with water looked so oasis-like, which is not the message I intended. Wanting to keep the cover as simple as possible, I gave up on the water.Merrill: indeed, the bad guy makes a comment about turning water bad with contaminants. Very bad water, indeed. :)As for the font, I'm really happy with it, but I still take the critiques seriously.Again, thanks to you all.