Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cover Reveal + Cover Story: The End Games by T. Michael Martin

Hey everyone! Back in August, I introduced you to T. Michael Martin and his book THE END GAMES (check out his preview interview). The cover for THE END GAMES has snuck out there and has been making its way around the blogs, and Mike wanted to share it with everyone himself, too. 

Here's Mike with a quick glance at the look at the creation of the cover.


The process of working with my editor (Donna Bray) and the team at HarperCollins was a dream, all the way through.

Last January, when Donna and I first met, we talked about our hopes for what the cover for THE END GAMES might be. I remember Donna saying that she wanted a dynamic, iconic design, with a powerful use of text. I remembering suggesting that we might look at the incredible work of Saul Bass and Olly Moss for inspiration.

And when we eventually came up with a prototype of the cover I'm sharing today, I nearly cried. Because it was better than I could have wished.

Inside this book is a journey, the cover seems to say. Here are two brothers, who care for each other with their whole hearts. And at this very moment, while you and I watch, they are traveling into country more dangerous than they could ever imagine.

Thank you so much for celebrating it with me!

THE END GAMES will be released by Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins) on May 7th, 2013.

AND here's the cover:

Plot summary: 

"Seventeen-year-old Michael and his five-year-old brother, Patrick, have been battling monsters in The Game for weeks.

In the rural mountains of West Virginia—armed with only their rifles and their love for each other—the brothers follow Instructions from the mysterious Game Master. They spend their days searching for survivors, their nights fighting endless hordes of 'Bellows'—creatures that roam the dark, roaring for flesh. And at this Game, Michael and Patrick are very good.

But The Game is changing.

The Bellows are evolving.

The Game Master is leading Michael and Patrick to other survivors—survivors who don’t play by the rules. 
And the brothers will never be the same. 
T. Michael Martin’s debut novel is a transcendent thriller filled with electrifying action, searing emotional insight, and unexpected romance."

Praise for THE END GAMES

“It’s full of both jaw-dropping action and heart-twisting beauty. It’s a thrill ride that makes you think and feel: terrifying and joyful, funny and moving. In so many ways THE END GAMES is the book I was waiting for and didn’t know it until I had it in my hands.”

—Sara Zarr, National Book Award finalist

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What do you think? Looks crazy thrilling doesn't it? Can't wait!


Unknown said...

I absolutely LOVE the cover. It kind of reminds me of the Monsters of Men cover, for some reason.

Anyway, I can't wait to get my hands on this!

T. Michael Martin said...

Thanks so much for having me, Lenore!

(And I'm so glad you like the cover, Hafsah! I'm a big Patrick Ness fan, too.)

- Mike

Liviania said...

That cover is super creepy and really cool.

Christina said...

I love this cover so, so much. There are so many wonderful details in it! I cannot wait to read the book!

T. Michael Martin said...

Thanks, Liviania and Chrstina! I'm thrilled with it, and I'm so glad that y'all like it, too :]

- Mike

roro said...

want wanttt

M.A.D. said...

I SO must has this!!! :D
The cover rocks, and so does the synopsis - can't wait to read <3

Zibilee said...

This is a great cover! I also like the sound of the book. It's something that I know I will be looking for.

T. Michael Martin said...

I'm so happy that y'all love the cover! Thank you for saying so :]

Mike Martin

Ivan said...

wow, really striking cover with those black and read effects. I should check this out. The synopsis looks promising.

Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

Anonymous said...

That is a FANTASTIC cover! And the story sounds amazing!! Going on my TBR list right away!