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Book Cover Smackdown! “The Lives of Tao” vs. “The Eternity Cure” vs. “Poison”

Sometimes simple is better. Check out these three subtle covers from books coming your way in April

Which ones do you catch and which do you let fall to the ground? You decide!

The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu (Angry Robot)

When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Now split into two opposing factions – the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix – the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet, and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

Meanwhile, Roen is having to train to be the ultimate secret agent. Like that’s going to end up well…

File Under: Science Fiction [ The Tug of War | I Was Genghis | Diary of a Slob | Spy vs Spy ]

The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Teen)

In Allison Sekemoto’s world, there is one rule left: Blood calls to blood.

She has done the unthinkable: died so that might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.

Poison by Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)

POISON is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairytale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It’s fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of ONCE UPON A TIME, GRIMM, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more.

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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3 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! “The Lives of Tao” vs. “The Eternity Cure” vs. “Poison”

  1. The Lives of Tao for me! A brilliant cover that conveys the core essence of the novel and has a great composition with the play off between the yellow and the black. The silhouettes also keep the people on the cover racially neutral, which I think is a small, subtle and yet important distinction!

  2. Nick Sharps // March 23, 2013 at 9:06 am //

    The Lives of Tao, hands down.

  3. JoshVogt // March 23, 2013 at 2:00 pm //

    Lives of Tao all the way. Rarely has a book cover given such a detailed sense of story and backstory in one go.

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