by Jacqueline West
Release Date: May 7th 2019
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy
The Story Behind the Cover – LAST THINGS
I am so in love with the cover of LAST THINGS.
It was designed by UK-based artist Leo Nickolls (http://www.leonickolls.co.uk/), who has done many incredible book covers—Heidi Heilig’s FOR A MUSE OF FIRE, Blue Balliet’s OUT OF THE WILD NIGHT, etc.—and overseen by Greenwillow’s amazing in-house designer, Paul Zakris.
Leo actually created six different potential covers, all of them dark and eerie and full of twisty branches and reaching shadows. There were a couple of other options that I loved just as much as this one, but that didn’t have a central human figure to really draw the eye—and in the end, the figure and the lush colors and the layout of this gorgeous thing won out.
I love how many details are hidden here, and the way one element after another can snag your attention: the boy with the guitar on his back, the bony fingers and gleaming eyes hidden in the tree limbs, the outline of the electric guitar created by the woods and the falling beams of moonlight… It’s got layers of creepy little secrets, just like the book itself.
Leo also created several different typefaces for the title, each one cooler than the last. There was an angular, modern, Iron Maiden-ish font; there was the kind of jagged black metal font where everything looks like antlers or strands of lightning. (He’s clearly a bit of a metal nerd himself!) We ended up going with this typeface, which looks like broken bones or branches, and which reads metal and horror at the same time, and which is—excuse the stupid music pun—pitch-perfect for the story inside.
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