The Best Action-Adventure Book Covers

Okay, we know you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let’s get real here. The front of a book is the first thing you’re going to see. So while a boring cover doesn’t necessarily mean a boring book, it’s pretty great when a book is as awesome on the outside as it is on the inside.

False Memory by Dan Krokos has a killer cover. The book tells the story of Miranda, a girl who wakes up on a park bench with no recollection of who she is. With the help of a boy named Peter, she learns that she’s actually part of a group of teenagers who have been genetically engineered to be the ideal warriors. Miranda’s still piecing together her identity, but suddenly she finds the fate of the world resting on her shoulders.

Inspired by False Memory, we came up with a list of some of our favorite action-adventure book covers. Which of these covers makes you want to start reading immediately? Take a look at our picks and vote below!


Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Dark and ominous-looking, this cover gets us excited for the action to come. The teenagers silhouetted in front of these destroyed buildings look like they’re ready to embark on an epic adventure, and we can’t wait to join them!



Black List by Brad Thor
Parachuting out of the sky is a pretty adventurous pursuit. We love the way the cover art is actually inside the author’s name and title—it’s the opposite of what you’d expect, and it somehow manages to make parachuting look even cooler.



Blood Red Road by Moira Young
The bright red lettering on the washed-out scene draws our attention right away, but what really strikes us is the girl wandering off to the right. We’re immediately curious about where her journey will take her.



Jennifer Government by Max Barry
There are no explosions or deadly storms on this cover, but we still think it’s pretty awesome. The contrast of the eye against the white background is, well, eye-catching. Plus, that bar-code detail is super cool.



The Death Cure by James Dashner
We’re shivering just looking at the dark and snowy scene on this cover. And the building towering menacingly against the rugged terrain leaves us with one burning question: What’s inside?




The Storm by Clive Cussler and Graham Brown
Can’t decide between the thrill of a seafaring tale and the excitement of the Egyptian ruins? Well, you’re in luck, because according to this cover, you get both action-packed scenarios rolled into one.



Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
This one speaks for itself, really. It’s a bunch of kids on the ultimate adventure: They’re flying through the air on a dragon’s back. What can result from riding on a dragon? Only awesome things.



Which of these action-packed covers is your favorite? Vote now! And since there are way too many action-adventure books for us to include them all here, leave a comment and let us know which adventurous covers we left out!

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10 thoughts on “The Best Action-Adventure Book Covers

  1. Ugh. Black List is awful. I can’t tell what’s the author and what’s the title, and it looks so boring I want to scream. I would never, ever pick it up to see what it’s about. Lost Hero is absolutely fantastic looking, haven’t read it yet, but come on: it’s got a dragon on the cover. Tell me that’s not cool. The rest of them look way too the same. Big, similar, boring font styles that seem to be just thrown onto a picture that looked cool. False Memory is pretty good, though. I like the lighting effects; it draws my attention instantly.

    • I see what you mean, although “Lost Heroes” isn’t my favorite cover. Instead, I went for Jennifer Government.The simple, white backdrop left it open for speculation, while the eye, though not unique, gave a thought to ponder coupled with the barcode. Lost heroes was ok, but the colors looked a bit to childish, and the dragon wasn’t eye catching enough.

  2. I absolutely love the cover of False Memory, it´s totes amazing! Also, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Talk about awesomness) and the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury). The covers for Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi and Legend by Mary Lu are really cool, also. And for Daughter of Smoke and Bones, Days of Blood and Starlight, The Stormdancer, Auracle, Insignia and So Close to You by Rachel Carter have pretty intriguing and kickass covers! I could probably go on for days, but I shall leave it at this! 😀

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