Ahhh, you already saw the little sneak peak, did you?
If you are a newsletter subscriber you saw this cover last month. But now it’s ready for it’s blog reveal! I’m keeping this short and sweet. Mostly because I’m 3,000 words behind my NaNoWriMo goal and I want to save my words for that. Anyway, you guys aren’t here for the conversation. You want to see the complete cover!
These covers were designed by Poole Publishing Services, who I’m very proud to work with, but I’m extra proud of this cover. It is my favorite. I was very excited over the title itself. Connection. It does have a roll in the series. For those of you who read Malfunction and Disintegration, you are familiar with the term. That is what they call it when a User connects to a cyborg and takes control of their body. So the term in the book has some negative connotations. But this is the final book and definitely the most hopeful. Yes, there are still a CRAZY amount of trials to overcome. And it’s still a dark read. And as I go through edits, it will probably get darker. BUT, unlike Malfunction and Disintegration which are, as the titles imply, about things falling apart, this book is about things… and people… being put back together.
Our little group finally have something to fight for. A light in the tunnel. And if you have read Disintegration, you might know why I say this. So this book is about deepening our connections with each other and facing the fight together.
I also suggested the cover idea to Poole, though she was, of course, the one who found the image and plugged it in. It clearly indicates the theme: connection. Rebuilding. Growth. But it also shows a lot of other things. It flashes back to the well known classic art “Creation of Adam” otherwise referred to as “the ceiling of the Sistine chapel”. This has such powerful comparisons in cyberpunk as a genre and this series in particular. The human created by God vrs the human created by other humans. The intention and purpose of it. The old versus the new. Technology replacing God and utilitarianism replacing a higher purpose. All things that I feel are a core conversation in the Cyberpunk and Biopunk genres.
So yeah, I love this cover. I love that it exudes hope in the bright color and the hands reaching out to clasp each other. And danger in fear in the familiar disintegration of the image as in all the books. And I love the call to war. But mostly I love the fact that this is the third and final book of my series, and I’m ready to finally bring my characters home. So without further ado… here is my gorgeous cover!