Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gemina

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Gemina is the exciting sequel to Illuminae and unlike its predecessor, I actually read the book before taking all these pictures. Photographing the first book was just as mind-boggling as reading it was and I was constantly wondering what the hell was going on as I looked at all the non-traditional page layouts.  This time I had a better idea of what pages I wanted to capture. The jacket design is by Ray Shappell with book design by Heather Kelly and Jay Kristoff and journal illustrations by Marie Lu (which I belatedly realized I haven’t taken any pictures of.) Published by Knopf in 2016, ISBN: 9780553499162.

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2 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: Gemina

  1. I have yet to read this series, but I do think they are some of the most visually interesting (and complex) books I’ve ever seen. I think the format has intimidated me a little bit… it looks like it takes a lot of effort to read lol

    • Overall it’s not a huge amount of effort because most pages are like chatlogs or someone transcribing video feeds. There are pages here and there (like the ones I’ve shown) that are a bit crazy but they’re not the majority. Don’t let the format scare you away because the books are so fun. They read quick for me too.

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