Foreign Cover Friday: Blood Red Road

Foreign Cover Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me (The Reading Fever), where foreign covers of the books we know and love are spotlighted and discussed. To join, either pick your favorite foreign cover, or pick many foreign covers, and start discussing! 

This week's featured cover is:

Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Language: English (US/Can)
I don't like this cover. In fact, I almost didn't want to read it because I judged it by this cover (something I am frequently guilty of). The picture itself looks boring, and something about the distress done to the font makes it seem like something you might see as the title of an old western movie. I LOVE old westerns (I was raised on John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, and every episode of Zorro ever made), but westerns aren't really what I like to read about; I'd rather watch them.
I never would have picked it up in a store. But I love the title. Blood Red Road just sounds way too cool to pass up, so when it came around in a Galley Grab newsletter, I gave it a shot. Imagine my surprise when I began reading and was completely hooked. This is one of my favorite books this year!

Language: Flemmish 
Don't like this cover, either. It explains nothing about the book, aside from the possibility that the MC might wear a yellow cloak at some point.

Flemmish translation: The Blood-Red Trail

Language: French 
I feel the same way about this cover as I do about the English language edition. :(

French translation: Saba, Angel of Death

Language: German 
This is where I reveal how picky I really am, because this is totally something I would pick up. The difference? The sky is more green, and the photo is broken up by the title--which is in a more appealing font. Because of that, and the little line that comes up from the 'N', it screams adventure to me...and green is my favorite color, so--
I told you; I'm completely, and irrationally, picky. Hahaha.

German translation: The Abduction

Language: English (UK)
I like this cover. A lot. There is representational blood-splatter present, underneath a title with the words "Blood Red" in it. And a crow (Nero!). Totally loving it.

 Language: English (paperback; to be released Feb. 2012)
Now this, the soon-to-be-released paperback edition is totally awesome. I love the angel-fire sky, and Saba's silhouette--casually walking against a dessert backdrop--makes her look baaaad. I totally want a copy of this edition.

What are your thoughts? 
Which covers do you like? Which do you hate?

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  1. The Flemish is way cool but doesn't say much. The upcoming paperback is awesome! That one definitely gets my vote :)

  2. The only one I like is the English paperback. I wouldn't pick up any of the others (in fact, I think it was your review that convinced me this book wasn't going to be crap judging by its cover).

  3. You know what, I love them all. I actually really adore the North American HC one because I think it really represents the tone of the book. I get where you're coming from, though. Normally I don't think it would be one I would be drawn to, but for some reason it really works for me. I don't really like the silhouette on the paperback one coming out, but I like the rest of it.

  4. Those are some really interesting covers. My favorite foreign cover is the UK one. I love the red and abstractness of it.

    I'm kind of Blood Red Road illiterate. Is Dust Lands the name of the series?

  5. The German cover makes the same US picture pop so much more. I am loving the paperback version, hopefully more people will pick it up and discover how awesome this book is.

  6. Blood Red Road is one my all-time favorite YA Dystopian novel! I'm still not over it :P I totally agree with you about the UK version. I like it a lot than the US because it very much represents the theme of the story :)

  7. Unpopular opinion, but I actually really liked the Flemish cover. There was something mysterious and creepy about not being able to see her whole face. And, confession time, I actually don't think I would have picked up this book without having read the reviews about it based on the cover, which I honestly didn't care for.

    (Hides from pitchfork-wielding mob)


  8. Juju: Yes, that paperback cover is awesome!

    Ashley: You are so right; it represents the book very well...I just didn't understand it until after I read it, which is unfortunate. :( But I think it will definitely appeal to a lot of people, especially those who are looking for something different.

    Jenni: Love that about the UK cover! And yep, Dust Lands is the name of the series. :)

    Candice: I hope so, too! It's such a great book, and I wish more people would give it a try.

    Mia: It's just sooooo good, right?! I'm not over it, either. I totally fangirled over Moira Young when I met her a few weeks ago.

    Lori: No pitchforks here! Your opinion is totally wanted! And I agree with you that it is mysterious (and pretty intriguing) that it just shows part of her face...it just doesn't work for me. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I prefer the UK cover and I'm not a fan of the others. They lack imagination I think.

  10. Alexis: That UK cover is just so cool, isn't it? I wish it had been the US cover as well. Thanks for stopping by!

  11. I JUST got the US paperback (christmas gift :D) today -- I actually wanted the UK paperback for those reasons you mentioned -- and ohmygod it's so beautiful! Both paperback covers get my vote, though I do like the US HB too. It's very sparse, which I think represents the feel of the book pretty well. If I were to just see it in a bookstore, first thing, then yeah I wouldn't give it a second glance, so for the wow-factor it lucks out.

    I LOVE that German cover too. I would totally get a copy . . . if I could. And if I end up loving the book, which I can't say for sure since I haven't READ it yet. :P


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