Just for a quick recap, we’re going to explain, once again, what Cover Love is. For anyone new to Twin Reads, Cover Love is a weekly post dedicated to cover design. Basically, we pick a cover of a book that we’ve read and enjoyed and we talk about the elements that we think make the design so beautiful and successful. Essentially, it is our chance to give cover design and their designers the recognition they deserve!
So, the cover we love this week is…
Divergent by Veronica Roth
This edgy and eye-catching cover for the first book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth is the work of designer Joel Tippie. We love the bold, fiery dauntless symbol that takes up the majority of the cover and the strong, graphic, and readable font for the title and author just below. We love the way the image of the Chicago skyline fades from a blue and slightly cloudy sky into a gray, cloudy, and almost smoky sky beneath the dauntless symbol. The marshlands placed in front of the familiar Chicago skyline create intrigue and confusion as the onlooker attempts to reconcile this environment which does not exist in real-life. Finally, we love the simple way the title, Divergent, is split, with part of the font a darker gray than the other portion.
Divergent is a young adult, fiction novel that takes place in a future, dystopian Chicago where the population is split into five factions who pride themselves on a particular trait which they value above all others: Dauntless (bravery), Candor (honesty), Erudite (intelligence), Abnegation (selflessness), and Amity (peacefulness). Divergent follows the story of Beatrice Prior, a young Abnegation girl about to choose, along with all of the other sixteen-year-olds, the faction that she will spend the rest of her life being a part of. For Beatrice, this a question between the family and life she has always known, and the person she truly believes herself to be. Once her choice is made however, there is no turning back, and Beatrice is propelled into a new world where nothing is simple or black and white, especially her own personality.
We think this cover design is simple, interesting, eye-catching, and most importantly tough—just like the main character, Tris. This cover does an almost perfect job of representing the book. Its depiction of the Chicago skyline with marshland surrounding it, is a spot-on interpretation of the setting of the story behind the cover—a dystopian Chicago. The large dauntless faction symbol, although unknown to the new reader, represents one of the factions integral to the story, both in the main character, Beatrice “Tris” Prior’s, life, and the in the lives of the people of the all the other factions. Finally, the way that the the title font is split between two different colors represents the way that Tris struggles with finding her identity throughout the book and the entire series.
We love this cover and we think it perfectly represents the story that is stands for. What do you think of the Divergent cover? Do you think it mirrors the story as well as we do? Do you think it is eye-catching in its boldness? Let us know what you think in the comments!