Before I read a book, I look at its cover. Despite what people say, you can tell a lot about a book based simply on what it looks like on the outside. Although you cannot judge a story by its cover, the outward appearance is what can draw you in and make you want to read it. I love talking about covers maybe as much as I love talking about the novels themselves, so I started this feature that spotlights these essential works of art.
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Release: September 10, 2013
This cover is transfixing.While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?
Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival.
It is pretty in the conventional way, yes, what with that diaphanous red scarf trapped on that elegantly oppressive fence, adding a burst of color to the otherwise barren landscape in the background. However, what makes it really eye-catching is its unconventional attractiveness, the stark yet striking quality it presents that makes it slightly uncomfortable in a way that viewers cannot quite pinpoint. Both of these aspects line up to create a cover at which one cannot avoid staring, trying to decode its calculated beauty, and I am dying to read the book to better understand the picture placed on its face.