Cover Face-Off: THE CHEMIST by Stephenie Meyer

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Amanda Kay Oaks

Staff Writer

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Amanda Kay Oaks has a BFA in Creative Writing and Literature from The University of Evansville and is a current creative nonfiction MFA student at Chatham University. An AmeriCorps alum, online tutor, and literary journal editor, Amanda considers herself a professional wearer of many hats and isn't sure what she'll do if she ever actually has only one job at a time. When she isn't working, reading, writing, or pretending to be a practiced yogi, Amanda can most likely be found snuggled up on the couch with her cat, Artemis, and a plate of cookies. She tweets T.S. Eliot quotes a little too often and tries to keep up with her personal book blog, I Write Things. Twitter: @I_Write_Things

Welcome to another edition of… Cover Face-Off! This time in the ring, we have the paperback vs. hardcover editions of Stephenie Meyer’s The Chemist.

Meyer’s name is forever associated with Twilight‘s black cover with a central image of a bright red apple cupped in pale, pale hands, a cover that stayed the same for both hardcover and print. For The Chemist, though, the covers got switched up in a major way for the paperback release. You know what that means… two covers, one ring, and only one may emerge the victor!

The original hardcover is grey with white and light blue lettering, referencing Meyer as the author of The Host without any other additional text. A syringe is the sole image against the grey background, giving a clinical vibe:

Hardcover cover image for The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer. Greybackground, white lettering, small syringe image above title

The soon-to-be-released paperback edition (coming July 11th, 2017) is a pretty massive change, swapping out the grey background for white, with striking yellow-orange lettering. A giant cloud of black smoke takes up most of the space at the center of the cover, and a few taglines have been added in red lettering. Meyer is noted as the author of Twilight this time. This cover has a much more sinister, dangerous vibe:

Paperback cover for Stephenie Meyer's The Chemist. White background with large cloud of black smoke, title in yellow-red colors to mimic flames
So, readers, tell us–which cover do you prefer?

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