Foreign Cover Friday: Life As We Knew It

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:

Life As We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
English language editions (US/CAN hardcover & paperback)
I thought this one had more covers to show, but it turns out most of them were repeats, or different printings with the same cover. There is also a Bulgarian edition out there which I could not track down a cover for, which is pretty crazy because I can usually find at least one, even if it's way tiny. If you happen to have a picture of it, I would love it if you would send it my way! :)

I fell in love with the cover on the left the moment I saw it, and was so curious I convinced my book club to read it just so I could justify buying it. The moon is obviously out of proportion with the world, and that title is killer. I'm a sucker for covers with dramatic titles and that are fun in person; this one is embossed wherever the moon craters show, and the color is just so gorgeous. Bonus points for pulling it off without having a person in sight. 
The paperback cover on the right leaves a lot to be understood. While there is more to look at, I don't think most of it would make sense unless you've read the book.

 English language editions (UK hardcover & paperback)
 Love the cover on the left; Maybe not as much as the one above, but I think they did a good job getting the point across. The one on the right is cool, but doesn't have much to do with the actual story, aside from the fact that tidal waves are mentioned.

 French language edition
French translation: Initially
Love it!

 German language edition
 German translation: The World As We Know It
This one is pretty cool. I like the way the orange contrasts with the grey and black of the moon, and when you realize how close the moon is to the Earth, it's pretty startling.

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

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  1. I gotta go with the original, It caught my attention the 1st day I saw it and didnt let go ! the UK hardcover is pretty good as well, if not quite as striking. but the paperback.. looks too much like independent reader style and trying to hard :S

  2. O I love the US paperback.
    It's so cute!

    Happy Friday! Will you be doing something special with your little one to celebrate?

  3. I agree, I think the US cover is the coolest and most accurate. The Canada one makes me think its a cutesy contemporary read not dystopian.

  4. I like the UK hardcover the best although the UK paperback is pretty special as well.

  5. I love the US cover with the moon. I love the Moon anyway and I could tell it was a disaster by how big the moon was. I'm also a disaster freak.

    Sometimes I do judge a book by its cover. Especially when it is pretty.

  6. I like the US cover. Covers with the moon or sun draws my attention. ;)

  7. Without having read the book or knowing anything about the story, I honestly can't say these covers catch my attention. The UK paperback makes it look like a post-apocalyptic story and the large moons make me think of either an alien invasion or the moon about to crash into the earth and kill us all. :)


  8. Those are all very different covers and give an entirely different impression of the book.

  9. I love the UK cover on the left

  10. I really like these covers, especially the English language edition on the right. :)

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  11. I like them all but I like the middle left one the best. Also, I picked you'r blog for an award! (= Here it is:


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