Monday, October 11, 2010

Cover Art - Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Ann Aguirre posted the revised cover and title for her post apocalyptic YA novel Enclave (formerly Razorland).  It releases in April 2011. Ann wants to know which of the two covers/titles you prefer, so drop by her blog and leave a comment (by all means leave one here too). I like both covers but prefer the new title.

In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.

As a Huntress, her purpose is clear—to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group while evading ferocious monsters known as Freaks. She’s worked toward this goal her whole life, and nothing’s going to stop her, not even a beautiful, brooding Hunter named Fade. When the mysterious boy becomes her partner, Deuce’s troubles are just beginning.

Down below, deviation from the rules is punished swiftly and harshly, and Fade doesn’t like following orders. At first she thinks he’s crazy, but as death stalks their sanctuary, and it becomes clear the elders don’t always know best, Deuce wonders if Fade might be telling the truth. Her partner confuses her; she’s never known a boy like him before, as prone to touching her gently as using his knives with feral grace.

As Deuce’s perception shifts, so does the balance in the constant battle for survival. The mindless Freaks, once considered a threat only due to their sheer numbers, show signs of cunning and strategy… but the elders refuse to heed any warnings. Despite imminent disaster, the enclave puts their faith in strictures and sacrifice instead. No matter how she tries, Deuce cannot stem the dark tide that carries her far from the only world she’s ever known.


  1. I like the new title better, as it seems to fit the synopsis better than "Razorland" but I MUCH prefer the old cover! It's dirty and gritty and made of awesome - while the new cover is kinda clean and shiny - which doesn't sound like the story at all...

  2. For the title, I like Enclave much much more! As for the cover, I'm a bit torn; I loved the first one, but it looks a bit "romancy" as my man put it, so I think the new one might appeal to more people... but, it stands out less from other covers. I personally prefer the old one, but both look great, anyway!

  3. I like the first title better - but only because it caught my eye. Enclave doesn't sound like a book I want to read. In fact, I would only pick it up if I knew I liked the author, which in this case I do. I like the newer cover as much as the original cover.

  4. I giggle a little at the notion of this new jacket art being clean and shiny, given that's a sewer cover and a maimed, bloody Freak claw on it.

  5. I like the new cover and title, but didn't mind the old ones either. In fact, I really liked them. Either way, just want to read the story.

  6. I just LOVED both the new title and the new cover. They're more... enticing!!!

  7. Sunny either way the story sounds good...

    kay your guys reasoning is probably what prompted the change.

    Mardel another vote for the new title. Again because it is attention grabbing.

    Ann it is funny, I hadn't cottoned to the fact it was a sewer cover. LOL.

    Kmont they did a good job and both, it just shows how many possible interpretations there are of a story. All equally valid.

    Juliana it is pretty much a consensus. Everyone that commented liked the new title best.

  8. I really, really, really like the old cover better! And either of the names works for me.


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