Dreadnought by Cherie PriestGanymede by Cherie Priest UK

In a bubble, I don’t mind them. They match up somewhat well stylistically with the original cover for Boneshaker (which is used in both North America and the United Kingdom), even if the technique is a different and not nearly as appealing. I also appreciate that they feature strong heroines that haven’t been over-sexualized. But, compared against the covers for the North American editions, including the fourth volume, The Inexplicables, Dreadnought and Ganymede can’t hold a candle. Another case of the pendulum swinging slowly in favour of North America when it comes to covers.

  • Yetistomper August 15, 2012 at 10:48 am

    They got “leviathaned”. I would much rather see cool graphics / stylized art than photorealistic faces. Meh.

  • Aidan Moher August 15, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Funny, Westerfeld is the first author I thought of, too, when I saw these.

  • sqt August 15, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    These are baffling to me. The U.S. covers are so good, why would you change them?

  • CTD August 17, 2012 at 2:47 am

    The faces look crduely dropped in – I agree with the other folk that there was no need to change the US ones, which were nicely stylised and understated.

  • Traci Loudin August 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    I actually kind of like these better, maybe because I hadn’t seen the N.A. version first. I also think seeing the back of the guy’s head on the N.A. cover seems awkward.