BETA is the first in a new series by Rachel Cohn. It follows Elysia, a teenage clone, who lives on the island of Demesne. Elysia is one of many clones on Demesne who were specifically created to serve the island’s wealthy inhabitants. The island is supposed to be a utopian paradise. But then why is everyone so unhappy?
Hyperion Teens is hosting a Cover Design Challenge inspired by the new series Design an original cover for BETA and you could win a copy of the book professionally printed with your cover design. Need some inspiration? We chatted with designer Marci Senders about the importance of creating a strong cover for the first book in a series. Now we’ve collected some of our favorite series cover designs. From The Hunger Games to Pretty Little Liars, check out our favorites and vote for the series you think does it best. Did we miss something? Leave us a note in the comments!
The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
When Son, the final book in The Giver quartet, was released earlier this year, all four books in the series got a spiffy new cover treatment. We love the way the designer worked the original cover photos into these updates, but made the series feel fresh and cohesive with the gorgeous color palette. All four books would look lovely on our bookshelves.
Spoiled Series by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
Set in Beverly Hills, amidst movie stars and celebrity stylists, the Spoiled series follows Brooke Berlin, the daughter of a movie star who’s just a little bit, um, spoiled. We love these bright, poppy covers. The clever use of make-up and accessories for the lettering is eye-catching and gets right to the heart of the plot. We see these covers and we know there’s a chick-lit story within waiting to be read.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Of course we had to include The Hunger Games in our collection. The mockingjay is an important symbol in the series and it’s a natural image to include on each cover. We love that you don’t see the bird in flight until the last book, giving readers a sense of how the action progresses throughout the series.
Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
Divergent and Insurgent are the first two books in this series and we greatly admire their strong and consistent cover design. A futuristic Chicago is the setting for the story, and the city serves as a background for both covers, along with dark clouds that hint at an oncoming storm. We love the symmetry of the two tag lines: “One choice can transform you” and “One choice can destroy you.” We can’t wait to see what the third book in the series will hold.
Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard
At first glance, these cover models look like real teenage girls. But a second take and you realize they’re only well-dressed dolls. We love the bright color scheme, the curly-cue type, and the weird cover dolls. The whole package manages to portray the series as both fun, creepy, and mysterious in a few simple strokes.
Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Of all the series we’ve looked at, Allie Condie’s trilogy shows the most obvious progression of images. The series begins with a beautiful woman caught in a mysterious orb and ends with Reached, when she emerges from the broken pieces. As stand-alone covers, each is interesting and eye-catching in its own right, but as a series, the designers have done an excellent job creating a cohesive brand.
So now you tell us, which series has the best cover? Vote now!
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