originally posted June 7, 2012
Egmont sent us hardcovers of our book! These are exactly what you'll find on the bookshelf of your local bookseller next month. And they look fantastic in glossy, full color. Add to that a seriously flattering blurb from the great Kami Garcia (BEAUTIFUL CREATURES). The only thing that could have made this experience better is if the postman had delivered the box wearing a haz-mat suit.
A lot of different ideas have been kicked around about the look of Quarantine. We weighed in when we had the opportunity, but what your book cover ends up being is inevitably out of your hands. At a certain point, you just cross your fingers and hope for the best. There were things we dug about the cover of our Advance Reader Copy. It had a striking, unsettling feel, but it was nothing like this. In the end, it was our amazing editor, Greg Ferguson, who had the vision for this final cover, and we love it. It's gritty. It's mysterious. And it's bold.
A year ago, at the beginning of the process, Greg asked us to pull together some book covers and movie posters as a launch pad for ideas. Most of our favorites came from decades past and had a vintage design style, but they evoked a tone that matched our vision of Quarantine. Thought it might be fun to share them with you . . .