Cover Reveal: The New Cover of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Posted June 10th, 2012 in Cover Reveal / 19 comments

So, have your heard? Tahereh Mafi just revealed the new cover of Shatter Me. Apparently, Mafi wasn’t feeling the original cover. She felt it didn’t represent the popular young adult, dystopian novel most of us have come to love. What I’m wondering is which cover you all prefer? The new or old? Take a gander and tell me what you guys think.

The New Cover:
The Old Cover:

This is what Mafi said on her website:
SHATTER ME has a brand new cover.

i know a lot of people hate it when covers get redone, but believe it or not, it’s always done for a good reason. for us, it was no different. as much as we loved the original cover for SHATTER ME, we felt like it wasn’t properly reflecting the book and the feel of the story, especially as we moved forward in the series. so we tried something new.

and this new cover. gah, guys, it’s ridiculous how much i love this new cover. because it’s so… different.

it’s strange. it’s weird and beautiful and kind of unexpected and highly metaphorical in its representation. it’s basically like the inside of Juliette’s head. in fact, everything about it — every detail — is significant to the story. this cover feels so right to me. i’m crazy, crazy in love with it, and i really hope you guys like it, too!

this new cover will be hitting shelves in paperback on October 16, 2012 (same release date as DESTROY ME! ee!), so you’ll be able to see it in all its shiny printed glory. also, this new style will be reflected in all of the books in the series, and, as DESTROY ME will be out in about four months, and UNRAVEL ME three months after that, i will have two more covers to share with you this month, so i’ll be back with more, very soon! (Click for full article)

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I always liked the old cover. The girl’s dress irritated me, but I liked the overall cover just the same. But after seeing the new cover, I am blown away. The eye with the trees and branches for eyelashes and a waterfall for tears. It really is amazing. But for some reason, it doesn’t scream Shatter Me. Maybe it’s just too new and I need time to get use to it. I like how Mafi said that this new cover is a better representation of what it’s like in Juliette’s head. But overall, the change is bothering me. Though I love the new cover, I am too use to the old cover and I wish Mafi left it alone.

What do you guys think? Which cover do you prefer? Was is necessary for Mafi to change the cover? Is it ever a good idea to change a cover midway through its popularity?

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19 Responses to “Cover Reveal: The New Cover of Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi”

  1. aldelei89

    i like the old cover, but i think i like the new one more! 🙂 Shatter Me is in my to-read list. im lookin’ forward to read it soon. 🙂

    Thanks for droppin by and following my blog, btw. 🙂

    best regards,
    aldelei89 @ deLai~Lah

  2. allforlost

    I like the new cover, sick of all the girls with dresses on the cover when it does’t really have anything to do with the book. I think the new cover is bright and fresh.

  3. Tiffany

    I like the new cover but I like the old one the best. I don’t know why. If I were to buy it I would want the old cover for my bookshelf. Maybe it’s b/c that’s the one I read.

  4. SM Reine

    The art for the new cover is certainly beautiful, but I really liked the original photograph. It suited the book well. I don’t know, that’s a tough one. I’d have to say I like them both.

  5. TheReadingPenguin

    I’m actually glad that they switched covers because I really hate the old one. Honestly, her dress looks like it’s made of toilet paper. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah (saz101)

    I REALLY loved the old cover, regardless of… I don’t know… appropriateness… and I LOVE the new cover, too… but… like you said: “for some reason, it doesn’t scream Shatter Me.”
    EXACTLY… it just doesn’t… feel quite right… also, I hate it when my covers don’t match 😛

  7. Jenny

    What I don’t like is the way all the covers now look the same. The new one for Shatter Me has an eye with dark trees and birds with minor color change to the background. Unravel Me has ice limbs and white birds and frozen tears. Destroy me has the closed eye. I can understand wanting to keep a theme, but I like uniqueness, individuality to covers…not regurgitated pictures with subtle changes. I think the original was much better. Never got the gown, but I loved the broken title. It spoke volumes to me of the interior.

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