The One with the Cover (and Contest)!

Did you hear that? That slight breeze that passed by your ears was my enormous sigh of relief to FINALLY be able to share the cover for The Darkest Minds!

The team at Disney*Hyperion went through so many different options and ideas (that's a story for another blog post!), and I'm SO thrilled with the final result. I had it in mind to make you guys jump through all of these hoops and figure out some secret code that involved a radio frequency but... um... I kind of just want to show you my awesome cover. Is that okay with all of you?

So, without further ado, here she is:

It comes out 12/18/12! How great is that timing? You can gift it to all of your loved ones for the holidays (nothing says "I love you! Happy holidays! like the gift of telekinetic teenagers, trust me), and you have three solid days of reading before the apocalypse. So SUCK IT Mayans!

Here the description:

When Ruby wakes up on her tenth birthday, something about her has changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

What I love most about this cover is that every part of it reflects some element of the story. The Psi symbol being the biggest and most obvious since it is, you know, the biggest and most obvious symbol in the book, but look at it again! Seriously scroll back up and check out the barbed wire of the rehabilitation camps, the oil slick on the road hinting that there's a major journey taking place--GUYS EVEN THE ORANGE IS IMPORTANT!! It is a thoughtful, bad ass cover, and I'm so happy to call it mine.

(As an aside here, that is wet paint on the Psi symbol. My mom was convinced it was magma, but, unfortunately, I still haven't found a way to work magma into the story. Alas!)

SO, my friends, here is the deal: in celebration of finally being able to share my cover with the world, I'm hosting a giveaway! The ideal prize here would have been signed galleys of The Darkest Minds, but, alas again! They're just not back from the printer yet (this is actually better for you, because it means MORE CONTESTS)! Instead, can I tempt you with a host of other people's awesome galleys?!

The galley pack includes: - The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman - Starters by Lissa Price - Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore - Slide by Jill Hathaway - 127 Hours by Johan Harstad - Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield - Zoe Letting Go by Nora Price - Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell - DJ Rising by Love Maia - Seraphina by Rachel Hartman - Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo - Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama - Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick

(That's a pretty good mix of fantasy, sci-fi, thriller-adventure, paranormal, dystopian, and even realistic fiction, if I do say so myself.)

***AND/OR! If you leave me a comment here on AB.com or on LJ telling me you preordered The Darkest Minds, you'll be entered to win in a separate giveaway for $30 gift card to the bookstore/retailer of your choice. So you can pre-order another copy! (Just kidding. Go buy WONDER.) ***

The rules are pretty simple, and I think you guys know the drill--tweeting about it, following me on twitter, blogging about it, posting it on Facebook all allow you to earn points. Use the nifty form below to enter, please!