The novel formerly known as Razorland

So my YA has a new cover and a new title. Are you ready?
Enclave cover

Feel free to post your thoughts below. Click on the picture to see it close up. What do you think? Does this say “big book” to you? Do you like it better than the first one? (If you don’t, there’s nothing I can do about it, mind you. But do speak your mind.)

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46 Responses to The novel formerly known as Razorland

  1. katiebabs says:

    I preferred the title Razorland better but I do like the cover.

    Like your name in red :)

  2. Hmmm… the cover doesn’t say much about the book. Wonder why the change???

  3. Ann Aguirre says:

    Feiwel made the decision to repackage the book because they think it has “big book” potential, and they wanted a cover with wide appeal. There are certain readers who wouldn’t buy a book with a couple on the cover, for instance. This is meant to be gritty and striking.

  4. MaryK says:

    I think I do like this one better for marketing purposes. I wasn’t crazy about the Mad Max look to the characters on the first one. This one will probably hold more appeal for the post-apoc crowd (of which I am not a member – just following the author and shaking in my boots :P ).

    I think it does feel “bigger” with all that cold, hard metal. The other one looked like it might have relationship cooties. :)

    Also, SCARY HAND, ahoy! Yikes!!

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  6. blodeuedd says:

    I preferred the other one since this one doesn’t tell me anything what it’s about

  7. Sabrina says:

    I like the new cover better than the old one. It looks cool and mysterious and makes me interested to learn more about the book.

  8. Frankie says:

    I think I like the first cover better. I mean, this one made go “wow”, but I got a better feel for the first cover. I saw it and immediately wanted to read it.

    LOL! I still want to read it!

    Both of them are beautiful, though! EEEEEEEEKKKKKK!! How exciting!


  9. Ann Aguirre says:

    I’m glad to hear that, Sabrina! They’re going to be using special effects like embossing, foil and metallic ink to make it really pop in ways that can’t be depicted in a jpg. I will probably die of excitement when I see it that way.

  10. Lisa says:

    The no couple concept I can see and gritty and striking — I can see that with this. And I do like the red name!

  11. Sarah says:

    I like it. It definitely looks grittier and certainly more like something a boy might pick up, going by cover alone.

    I do like the Razorland title better, though.

  12. Eve Silver says:

    Love this cover. I think it’s gender neutral and has a definite gritty/action-y/exciting feel.

  13. Ann Aguirre says:

    Oh yay! I think that’s what they were going for, Eve. It’s meant to be very high-end, and I am sure it will be on the book jacket. All the talk of special effects has me a bit dizzy.

  14. I really liked the old cover but I’m still thinking this one would catch my attention in a bookstore. The cover makes me want to know what’s happening inside. Since you want the book buyer to pick it up and take a look, sounds like a win!

  15. I think a change in not only the cover (which happens often) but the title as well might be confusing for readers. I posted a blog post about the change to help get the word out. I’m sure a lot of book bloggers will/have done the same.

    The definition of Enclave makes it sound like a more suitable title than Razorland but I really can’t say until I read the book.

    I have to say, I’m more drawn to the original cover. It’s gives me an idea of what the story is about than the new cover does. But I do see how the new cover is gender-neutral.

  16. Kulsuma says:

    I like both covers and would pick them both up if I saw them in the shop. However, I know I would be more comfortable to be seen with Enclave which has a brighter, more mysterious yet neutral cover than with Razorland. However, I think Razorland was the cooler title-sounds way more dangerous. It definitely piques my interest more than Enclave.

  17. Lexie C. says:

    I’m not sure what I think. Though now I’m convinced more ‘intense’ then the other cover (which I liked).

    It doesn’t look as ‘young adult’ I guess anymore? It looks more horror/thriller. Hm.

  18. Sunny says:

    I like the new title better, as it seems to fit the synopsis better than “Razorland” but I MUCH prefer the old cover! It’s dirty and gritty and made of awesome – while the new cover is kinda clean and shiny (except for the freakin’ scary fingers!!) – which doesn’t sound like the story at all…

  19. Ann Aguirre says:

    I have a master plan for keeping the Razorland tie-in. I’m suggesting that becomes the name for the series. That way, when I say the Razorland books, the public is already keyed in to what that is. Razorland seems to fit better as the dystopian world where it’s set, ie the whole set, rather than just one book. And then each book would be named for a place within Razorland. Frez:


    (I am sticking with place names that start with a vowel, two-syllables.) The first is approved, the second my editor likes as a working title, and the third, I just threw in because it fit the pattern. But I do kinda like it. But there’s no guarantee it will be a trilogy. I won’t know that until I write the second book. Which is happening in November.

  20. vanessa jaye says:

    Sort of agreeing with Sunny, here. Like the new title better, but prefer the first cover.

    On the other hand, this cover does seem more mainstream/Hardback (and I love the creepy clawed hand in the lower right, that I didn’t see at first glance)

  21. Amy says:

    So several thoughts…

    HOLY CRAP didn’t see those fingers till reading several comments and realizing that the fingers referred to were hiding creepy-like on the cover! Therefore; LOVE the fingers but they should be a little more noticeable. It makes for an intriguing type of cover…

    Well I have to say I love the first cover more for its rich and gritty dystopia feel, but this one will definitely appeal to boys more. I do wonder if girls will though…I am a girl myself and I’ll definitely be picking this up but that’s because I’m been following the path of publication for ENCLAVE anyways! I do hope that the cover doesn’t drive girls away.

    I feel like RAZORLAND was a more unique title but ENCLAVE is more fitting, definitely.

  22. Ann Aguirre says:

    As I understand it, that’s exactly the reaction they want you to have to the creepy, subtle Freak claw. You’re looking at it in the bookstore thinking it’s cool and then suddenly you’re like, “Whoa, OMG!” startled. So if you noticed that claw on a second or third look and were spooked by it, then it’s working as intended.

  23. I didn’t see the fingers in the Enclave cover until I read Sunny’s comment! Those fingers are scary looking!

    I think that would be a great idea naming the series Razorland, to keep the name in there.

  24. Lura says:

    Personally, I prefer the first cover. But I do see where this one will have a wider appeal.

    It took me four looks to find the fingers. Nicely creepy. Then I noticed the drop of blood in between letters of the title. Those two small touches make it look less bright and shiny, more dark. I do like this cover. ^_^

  25. MaryK says:

    I saw the fingers when I clicked on the cover and looked at it enlarged. I bet it’ll be spectacular in person with all those cover effects. As for girls reading it, it looks like the kind of thing The Book Smugglers would go nuts over.

  26. MaryK says:

    Ann, with all the talk of the creepy, scary fingers, I’m compelled to ask if you plan to have the series end well for our heroes or if it’ll be a therapy-required ending.

    Any hints, pretty please?

  27. Ann Aguirre says:

    I’m letting no hints slip about these books. *g*

  28. MaryK says:

    Hmph. I’ll have to sell the Smugglers on it so I can get a review. :)

  29. Marketing wise I understand the change. I’m sure they hope to capitalize on the Hunger Games craze right now and the more gender neutral cover will draw a wider audience. Personally, I’m more drawn to the original cover, but I’ll have better success getting my brother and guy friends to try it based on the new one. Either way, it sounds great.

  30. Tez Miller says:

    RAZORLAND had the better title, but this cover will probably make more boys pick it up and give it a try.

  31. Mardel says:

    I like this new cover a lot – especially now that I noticed the fingers in the lower right hand corner.

    But the title is kind of blah. In fact, if I didn’t know the book was by you, I wouldn’t have looked at it twice based on the title alone. I liked the original title because it was intense, something that would have grabbed my attention as a teen (now I’m way past being a teen, but it still caught my eye).
    So it’s 50/50 for me – an improvement with the cover, but a step back (or five) for the title.

  32. Michele Lee says:

    I like both covers, but I do agree this one will have wider appeal. The embossing and stuff is going to look killer. I can’t wait!

  33. Ann Aguirre says:

    Well, I do love the RAZORLAND title, but I think it’s better served as the series name because it speaks to the world I’ve built as a whole, not just one book or one portion of it. You can still refer to my YA as “the Razorland books” and be correct in my view.

  34. janicu says:

    I liked the RAZORLAND title better too, but ENCLAVE is dystopian sounding so I still like it. The cover feels more plain now, but it’s dark and has some creepy parts if you stare at it and notice the blood drop and the black hand. I don’t think I’d have picked this up based on the cover (I would have picked up the earlier cover). The author name = yes I would pick it up on that. I think the swords & rivets makes it look more appealing to boys but may alienate girls.

  35. I like couple covers, as a diehard romance fan, but this one is also wicked cool.

  36. Ann Aguirre says:

    For the record, I loved my old cover. I didn’t ask for changes. But Feiwel decided to aim this book at a broader market, and so we needed a more iconic cover, one that didn’t exclude any readers. I think girls may well be interested, same as boys, or adult readers. At least that’s the plan. I can’t wait to see it with all the special effects.

  37. SylviaSybil says:

    Honestly, it seems a little late in the game to be switching titles. People have been talking about Razorland for months. And the new cover looks just as niche market as the old to me. :/ But I understand it’s the publisher’s decision.

  38. Courtney says:

    It’s kind of cool. I like the new cover, but the other one was a lot better, I like how it was a little bit more cooled off. This one just kind of jumps out, almost too much. It’s a cool cover don’t get me wrong, but I think it’s almost trying too hard now. I like the name better too. It was different, Enclave is a little more common…like used in other books, not as titles but as the name of a group. Razorland got my attention when I was looking up books. I’m really excited to read this book! It’s the same book no matter what the cover looks or the title is, and I can’t wait.

  39. Melissa says:

    I really liked the other cover and name. I understand the change though, but if I was just walking through the bookstore and didn’t know how brilliant Ann Aquire is, I would not pick it up.

    Did this change push the publishing date back. I was so excited for January 4th! Now we have to wait until April :(

  40. janicu says:

    Well, you could be right. When I think of how popular THE HUNGER GAMES was – well that cover didn’t have people on it either and was read by a lot of girls.

  41. Has says:

    I liked the old cover and I think I prefer the name Razorland though but the new title is good too. But I do think this cover is more atmospheric and definitely creepy with that hand and if this attracts a bigger audience – I am all for it :D

  42. Ashley says:

    Having worked in a bookstore for several years I can agree with the cover change. This one is much more striking, as is the name, compared to the old one. And I’m a big ):< when it comes to titles and covers changing. I get pissy when I've been collecting one cover art in a series and they go and change it along with the title. This would be one of the few times I think it was a good move.

    This one will display much better in tables and window displays and catch a lot more eyes from a much wider audience.

  43. Lauren says:

    I liked Razorland better as a title, but can see it as a series title instead. The gender-neutral new cover is a bit off putting, a number of books like that that I have started reading felt like they had been written for boys but then marketed to girls just for the money. I also found the old cover more eye-catching, probably due to it looking like something out of the regular sci-fi/fantasy section.

    That said, should you become the next big thing in literature I will do a happy dance.

  44. Jennelle says:

    I like both titles equally as much, but I have to say that I really prefer this cover. I overlooked the original numerous times when I saw it on people’s blogs or goodreads for two reason. 1. as you mentioned I tend to avoid books with couples on it. 2. I really did not like the art design on that cover. Something about the girl in particular just turned me off of having any interest in the book. Partly she reminded me of a cave-woman.

  45. Carla says:

    I like the new ones best. They have this… mysterious aura. Makes me want to read it.

  46. Vic says:

    I like the sound of this book, and the fact that it’s dystopian and aptcalypoic makes me kind of excited about it! I am going to have to remember to look for this one when it comes out. It sounds great! Thanks, Lenore!I also have loved this month’s dystopian posts and hope that you decide to do it again sometime!!

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