Friday Faceoff – Everybody’s got haters, but your city’s always behind you.


This meme was started by Books by Proxy, whose fabulous idea was to compare UK and US book covers and decide which is we prefer. This week the theme is cities, so I’ve chosen Zoo City by Lauren Buekes.

This cover, produced by Angry Robot in April 2010, is the original. It manages to successfully depict the main characters along with their animals. I really like this one – it is colourful, eye-catching and true to the book.


This amazing cover is on the book that I own. I love it – the apparently simple idea of having the font carry all the elements of the story in a striking black and white design just looks so cool. This is my favourite offering and was produced by Angry Robot in August 2010.


This Hungarian edition was published by Ad Astra in April 2012. It is another strong contender – I love the way Zinzi is gazing out at us with her animal on her back. The colourful backdrop also works very well.


Produced in 2011 by Центрполиграф, this Russian cover is another very strong design with all sorts of interesting allusions to what happens in the book. It also has a more futuristic feel which I also enjoyed.


Published in August 2016 by Mulholland Books, this is by far the most minimal of the covers – and my least favourite. While the lipsticked teeth may serve as a crude warning about the danger Zinzi experiences, there is very little clue as to what this book is about. Which one is your favourite?


23 responses »

  1. Wow! For the first time in a while I see a lot of GOOD covers! Even the last one’s got it strengths, and could easily be the best when compared to some of the other covers you’ve found. Do you think that black and white cover would be just as effective if the background was NOT white?

  2. Excellent choice of book, I really want to give this one a try. I don’t really have a favorite out of the available covers, but I have to agree with you on the newest, most minimalist one, I don’t care for it much either.

    • Thank you, Mogsy:). It really is a special read – I’ve just added a link to my review of the book that I wrote back in 2012, and it stayed with me as an outstanding reading experience. I hope you manage to get hold it – I’d love to know your opinion.

  3. This is a tough one this week! The only one I don’t care for is the final one, for the same reasons you and everyone else have mentioned. Otherwise, I love how the other covers are so diverse and yet contain an animal element in some way. You’ve made me very curious about this book. 😉

    • It’s a fantastic book – I can confidently say that you won’t have read anything quite like it. And it’s great to so such an unusual book with such a clutch of great covers:)

  4. I don’t particularly care for the last 2 covers but the rest are gorgeous. I love the simplicity of the one you have but with all the detail in the font and the colors of the Hungarian cover are stunning.

  5. The first three are stunning, each in its own way, but the second one is the one I know the book by (not that I’ve read it yet :/ ), so I might be biased, but it’s my favorite.

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