Thursday, 12 August 2010

US Vs. UK: I Am Number Four Covers

US // UK

While I do honestly like both of these covers for new YA sci-fi story I Am Number Four, the UK one is my favourite. In fact, it might just be the best cover I've seen so far this year - it's that nice (and even better in person!). The whole design appeals to me for some reason, and no doubt the red-on-black has something to do with that.

The US cover is great too, even though it's so much brighter and, I think, a little creepier. I'm not too keen on the placement of the author name, but that's probably just me and my dislike of strangely placed words. Both covers do a great job of looking like an alien story, and I think each would have had no trouble fitting into an episode of Roswell (which is my 3rd favourite show, for the record. Yay Jason Katims!)

So, if your life on Earth depended on it, which cover would you choose?

19 comments:

Kailia Sage said...

I like the UK one too. It just seems more Si-Fi than the US one!

Autumn said...

I like the UK Version better, but I can see why the US design was made. It would obviously stand out on shelves. If I saw someone reading a book with a cover like that I would probably check it out to see what it was, where as the UK cover probably wouldn't catch my eye from afar.

Ryan Woods said...

UK one hands down. Although my fav has to be the review copy cover! Just a shame it's not being made widely available!

Lynsey Newton said...

I have seen another UK edition though that I want. I think it's the hardcover which looks different to both of them.

prophecygirl said...

Lynsey - it'll be the adult edition. Both that and the YA are hardcovers, and both are great!

Mrs. DeRaps said...

Love the UK version. Much better than the US.

Splendibird said...

I love the UK version. Am currently reading it and what I particularly love is how the actual book looks underneath the dust jacket - no writing just the round symbol on the side and a mad starry/pixelated design all over a lovely shiny book. Gorgeousness, indeed...

Jenny N. said...

I like the US one more. The colors really pop out to me and it looks mysterious. If I saw it I would want to know what its about.

Midnight Bloom said...

Ugh, too tough to choose this time... I like both of them! They both stand out in their own way...

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

UK all the way! Love it. Much creepier in my opinion. I'd be more likely to pick up the UK one and look at it.

Lauren said...

Yep, not to be contrary or anything, but I think I want the other UK version I've seen at online stores. It has subtler colours and a little more female-reader appeal, I guess. But out of those two, it's still UK for me. So striking.

Susie said...

I almost want to have a child just so I can name it 'Pittacus'.

They're both great, I think (and it took me ages to work out why they didn't use a figure '4': would make it look like the 4th in a series, duh) but the UK has the edge, I think. Go go Underground font!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love the UK one. It's extremely eye-catching.

Liz. R said...

I really do like both covers but I have to go for the UK one. Which is probably a first for me (which is a shame seeing as the UK covers are the ones I read :P). It's creepy but not too creepy, and eye-catching enough that I'd pick it up in a shop.

Nina said...

I like both covers, but if I had to choose it would probably be the US one. I really like the bright colour, it stands out. BTW Roswell rocks! It has been a long (like years) since I have seen a episode of Roswell, but I loved and still am loving it. ;)

Anne M Leone said...

I like the UK one aesthetically, but I think the US one might be the better cover marketing-wise. I can see it really standing out on a shelf or table, whereas the UK one might look like all the other red-black vampire stuff.

Sandy said...

Oh this is hard initially I had liked the UK cover more but now I'm leaning towards the US cover. Have you seen the US cover without the jacket? It looks niiiiice.

Anonymous said...

I got the US when, since I live in the US. Hated it. even before I started reading, found it quite ugly! Without the cover, was weird to me but I like it now. Still I dislike the US cover!

Anonymous said...

there is another cover of this book