“Imagine a living prison so vast…

…that it contains corridors and forests, cities and seas. Imagine a prisoner with no memory, who is sure he came from Outside, even though the prison has been sealed for centuries and only one man, half real, half legend, has ever escaped.
Imagine a girl in a manor house in a society where time has been forbidden, where everyone is held in a seventeenth century world run by computers, doomed to an arranged marriage that appals her, tangled in an assassination plot she both dreads and desires.
One inside, one outside
But both imprisoned.
Imagine a war that has hollowed the moon, seven skullrings that contain souls, a flying ship and a wall at the world’s end.
Imagine the unimaginable.
Imagine Incarceron.”

It’s time for a GIVEAWAY!

UK covers (i.e. The Ones Up For Grabs):

These are the UK editions of Incarceron (just released in the US) and Sapphique (the sequel, which isn’t out across the Pond for another 9 months – in hardback) by Catherine Fisher.

My friend Chandra Rooney inadvertantly gave me the idea for this giveaway, so you have her to blame for my folly… 😉 Check out her thoughts here about Incareron and how excited she is to read Sapphique. Would you like to win both of these fine paperbacks? If so, leave a comment telling me which covers you prefer out of the UK (above) and US (below) by the end of the day Monday 29th March, 2010 and I’ll announce the winner later that week. This giveaway is open to all, anywhere in the Universe.

By the way, this isn’t a trick question and there are no right or wrong answers – I’m just curious. I love comparing UK and US cover art…

US covers for comparison (i.e. The Ones You Won’t Be Winning):

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31 Responses to “Imagine a living prison so vast…

  1. Jenna says:

    I like the colors in the UK covers more, but I really love the more intricate designs on the US covers.

  2. Tiffany Trent says:

    Oooh, me, me, me. I’m afraid I like the USian covers more. Just a thing. 😉

  3. Cat says:

    UK for me! I think they stand out more. And I like the lettering on the title and the author name. Pretty!

  4. Lisa B. says:

    The UK covers are great, but the US covers seem so much more powerful. I do like the cover play between UK Sapphique and US Incarceron both being blue and the UK Incarceron and the US Sapphique both being red.

  5. Emily says:

    Definitely prefer the US covers, the ones not being won? They’re a lot darker and detailed.

  6. Zita says:

    They are both nice, but I think I like the US ones better.

  7. Eve says:

    The UK covers have a simple elegance to them, but I prefer the US covers in comparison. There’s so many layers to the US covers, it feels like the covers themselves hold clues to the story, if only I look at them closely enough. Just my 2 pence though. 🙂

  8. Angie says:

    Lovely giveaway, Kaz! I frequently fall on the UK side when it comes to covers *cough*demon’slexicon*cough* But this time I have to go US all the way. They are awesome and darker and, though I haven’t read them yet, seem to fit what I’ve heard about the tone of the books more.

  9. Sophia says:

    I absolutely love the US ones. I love intricacy and detail in cover art, and these have that, as well as a darker, more alluring feel to them. It’s odd – if I hadn’t known which was which, I would have pegged the last two as the UK covers, as it’s the style I normally associate with this side of the Pond. 🙂

  10. Carolin says:

    Wait, people on Mars can participate on the giveaway? *g*

    I think in the case of these books, I love the US covers muuuch more, even though it usually seems the other way around lately. With the background, they’re much more mysterious and eyecatching than the UK version IMO. I also love the intricate design of the locket on Sapphique. It feels like the US version is aimed at an older audience than the UK one from the design…

  11. Irene says:

    Hmm…tough choice. They’re both lovely, but I’ll go with the US ones, because they’re more…mysterious in a way.
    Nice giveaway, by the way. Doesn’t sound like the type of book of book I usually read, but it sounds like a good one, and that’s what counts for me, so I’ll be picking it up if I don’t win. 🙂

  12. Melissa T says:

    I like them both for different reasons! The font on the UK versions are great, but I like the detail on the US covers a lot too. And it sounds like an awesome book so it looks like I’ll have to be happy with the US covers if I don’t win. 🙂

  13. I like the US ones better, they have a depth and tone that really speaks to me.

  14. Renee Sweet says:

    zomg that description!! I HAVE to read these books!!!!

    I much prefer the US covers.

  15. Dan_Phi says:

    Without being able to say anything about how well the covers fit the books, I have to say I like the US covers better on these.

  16. Leisa says:

    I’m still waiting for my turn in the library queue to read Incarceron. I really want to read it.

    As for the covers, I’m torn. There’s things I really like about both. But if I had to pick one over the other, I’d say the US covers, but only by a tiny margin.

  17. catie james says:

    I cain’t help is – I like the US covers better. Plenty of times I prefer the UK versions (hello ASH by Malinda Lo!), but I prefer the dark intricacy if the US design.

  18. Tez Miller says:

    Usually I prefer UK covers, but in this case I most definitely prefer the US ones. More intricate, more detailed…more pretty 🙂

    But at the end of the day, I don’t care about the covers – I care about the content. And I want to win these two books, UK covers or otherwise! 😉

  19. Nikki Egerton says:

    I love the US covers, they are prettier and more appealing to me. If I saw them both in a bookstore I admit I would be unlikely to pick the UK covers up, although the blurb sounds brilliant. I would love to win them 🙂

  20. Brodie says:

    Ohhh, I love the description for Incarceron! It sounds so fascinating. I like both the UK and US covers, but I think I prefer the US ones more. There’s much more detailed and the design is more appealing, drawing you into the world, silently but powerfully whispering “read me, read me, reeeeead meeeeeeee” -must oblige!-

  21. Cem says:

    I love comapring UK/US covers too (am UK resident myself) and it used to be I almost always choose UK covers over US ones, lately that’s changed. This is another time where I much prefer the US ones. The UK ones aren’t bad, but they’re pretty simple and have a bit of a ‘younger’ look to them [disclaimer: I mean no offence to anyone with that term, it’s just how I see them]. I’d be unlikely to pick one of them up in store if I saw them to look further, which would be a shame because the blurb sounds awesome. The US covers are far more interesting with the intricate work on them. I pretty much love them. I would almost certainly take a closer look at them based on the covers alone.

  22. I also like the U.S. covers better. Makes you think about how we’ve been conditioned aesthetically, doesn’t it?

  23. Mardel S says:

    Funny thing is, I usually prefer the UK covers. This time, though I like the colors of the UK covers and the swans, I prefer the graphics on the US covers. How’s that for a wish washy answer?

  24. Firewolf says:

    This time I prefer the US covers more. I find I usually like the UK ones better though.

    And wow, those sound like intense stories.

  25. Elie N says:

    Ya me too. The US covers just seem to have more punch. They look more magical.

  26. Yolanda says:

    Hey Karen! I like your new online home. Very pretty. 🙂

    As for your cover question–firstly, I want to say that I really like both version… but if I had to chose my faves, I would day the US ones. Not sure why, but they grab me a little more than the UK ones. And they seem to fit together a lot better, too. Of course, I wouldn’t say no to the UK ones. 😉

    I love comparing the US/UK covers too.

  27. JenP says:

    I like the US covers better. They’re much more dark and atmospheric

  28. Adel says:

    I heard about this series and I’ve been really wanting to read them, so I’m excited about this giveaway. I gotta say I really like the US covers because they have a darker feel to them and the designs on the covers give ’em a more magical feel. But I’m all for winning the UK versions 😉

  29. Schneider says:

    Actually, I’m sort of torn. I much prefer the US cover for Incarceron because I love the layered design and theme; but then I also adore the UK cover for Sapphique, because the coloring is just excellent and eye-catching.

    I’m always this indecisive. >.>

    *crosses fingers and hopes for a win*

    (Also: I do believe I have returned from the living dead again. Huzzah. :D)

  30. KT says:

    I usually tend towards UK colours but the US ones are the winner here. The intricacy just WORKS.

  31. Sonia says:

    Oooh, I think I made it into this contest in the nick of time!

    It’s so odd to be saying this, but I prefer the US covers because they look grim and Steampunky to me. The UK covers are lovely, tho.

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