cover love: trapped

If the cover for Michael Northrop’s Gentlemen didn’t grab you at first, perhaps this one will:

One of the most common reasons why I do a double-take when it comes to covers is a combination of surprise by an arresting title and surprise by an emotional reaction to a vivid scene. So was the case when I first saw Trapped’s cover art.

The cover for Michael Northrop’s second YA novel is absolutely chilling. (I say this in the most serious way possible) Two deductions can be made from this cover: a) people are trapped b) in a high school. This isn’t your typical cheerful wintry mix, either. This blue-hued cover art had me curious to read more as soon as I saw it online.

The type treatment that skims the top of the snow is a nice touch — I love how it’s a part of the scenery. It’s refreshing to see a title that doesn’t necessarily have to flail its arms at the reader yelling, “HEY LOOK AT ME, I’M THE TITLE,” then passively wave its hand at the backdrop saying, “And yeah, that’s the rest of the cover.”

Trapped’s cover designer, Phil Falco, was also responsible for Gentlemen’s stunning cover:

And yes, that is exactly what you think it is. (I hope you don’t think it’s just some really large hoodie from The Gap)

While I normally don’t include summaries for books on this blog, I will say that Michael’s brief description of Trapped being “The Breakfast Club meets The Shining” had me grinning and slightly freaked out at the same time. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post, where you’ll hear much more from Michael in the fourth installment of Authorthoughts.


9 thoughts on “cover love: trapped

  1. That cover for Trapped does give me chills. The snow and the isolation with the building in the center sets the mood.

    But at least if you’re stuck at your school during a massive snow storm, you can raid the school cafeteria.

  2. I love both covers. Totally agree that it’s nice to have titles that blend in with the cover art instead of being like some sort of space invader trying to asserts its dominance.

  3. I have been wanting to read this book for several weeks now. The cover is what initially pulled me in. I love how the wording is almost lost in the snow. The book synopsis sounds awesome too – Breakfast Club meets The Shining?! Genius!

  4. The cover looks gorgous. Totally makes me want to be at home in a cozy blanket, with a snow storm blazing outside, reading that book. It sounds really good. A shame it won’t come out until next year D:

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