Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers!
It also provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!
For more information
about Shelf Candy Saturday,
simply go HERE.
Here's my choice for this week!
A Thousand Pieces of You
Hardcover, 360 pages
November 4, 2014
Dystopian Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery,
Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction
My Thoughts About This Cover
This is one of the most unusual, oddly haunting covers I've ever seen. It's also one of the most stunning!
The top of the cover displays a rather sinister-looking, very futuristic type of city. The steely-gray (with a slightly greenish tint) skyscrapers look very cold and inhumane against the dreary sky. This is quite fitting for the cover of a dystopian novel. Furthermore, their closeness to one another gives me a feeling of claustrophobia.
As for the upside-down cityscape which is the other half of this cover, it's a contrasting one. The predominant color is a hot pink, shading off into a purplish gray.
Interestingly, the bottom cityscape is full of church steeples and spires. The dome of the Vatican is clearly visible, as are the onion towers of a Russian Orthodox church.
The two contrasting images could be a metaphor for the clash between an unfeeling, atheistic future society, controlled by powerful corporations, and a warmer, more spiritual society of the past. Alternatively, it could also be a metaphor for two types of control -- one materialistic, and one religious.
This novel obviously includes time travel in its plot. I love time travel, finding it totally fascinating!
I love the image's irregular edges; they make me think of a watercolor that's not quite finished, which, again, is very appropriate for the plot, as there are multiple realities that blend one into the other.
The font used for the title and author's name is perfect for this cover -- it's very stark and plain, and the letters are spaced out, thus reinforcing the theme of separate realities.
I was lucky enough to win this book from the blog, Feminist Reflections, owned and created by Benish Khan, who blogs about books, beauty, entertainment, and lifestyle.
The brilliant cover artist is UK graphic designer Craig Shields, and the designer is Elizabeth Clark. Shields graduated from Lincoln University, and is a member of Depthcore. From their description, they are "....an international art collective focused on modern digital art, incorporating illustration, photography, animation, and audio." The site was founded by Justin Maller and Kevin Stacey in 2002; members are artists from all over the world. Shields' clients include Digital Arts Magazine, Charles Schwab, Coca-Cola, and Sprite.
Craig Shields Online Links
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