Book Traveling Thursdays // Favorite Sequel

4. Favorite Sequel

Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly feature created by Danielle’s Book Blog and The Girl Who Read Too Much that highlights book covers from around the world

This week we are celebrating the rare times that the sequels are better than the originals.

I don’t honestly read a lot of series but I read a lot of trilogies. So I am picking my favorite middle book in a trilogy.

To date, my favorite middle book in a trilogy is Pandemonium. While it does set up for the final book, there are big events that take place and this is where Lena’s transformation happens.

From the doe-eyed girl in Delirium she becomes a part of the resistance, and that’s why it stands on its down.

Now, onto the covers!

Original Cover


This was the original cover in the United States. I never really got this cover. It is an awkward head pose, I can’t tell if the model has a neck.

Favorite Covers

I never really cared much for the original cover of The Delirium Trilogy. They’ve redesigned the trilogy three times, but there are a few international sources that I like.

The German cover is beautiful. I like the simplicity of it, the elegant script, and the sketched words over the entire cover. It’s dark and a little chaotic like Lena at the start of the book.

The Polish edition is really interesting to me because it juxtaposes the two settings of the story. Lena is holding, or smelling, a flower and the New York skyline is in the background. It symbolizes Lena’s entire journey.

The final cover I picked out, is the newest redesign of the US covers. I really like the solid colored backgrounds and the petals falling. It looks a little bit like the heart is crying. You can read about the concept for these new covers here. It’s really interesting how they came up with the concept.

Least Favorite Covers

My least favorite covers are the Russian,Croatian, and Dutch covers. It is really hard to pick least favorites but I think these are the weakest to me.

While I like the covers and the overall look of the Russian cover, I don’t think that the patterns and the textures were placed very well. I can’t tell what the sharp rippled pattern is supposed to be along her cheek.

The middle cover is from Croatian. I would be on board with it, but I don’t like the leaf print across the model’s face. The green doesn’t make sense to me. While the book takes place in both “The Wilds” and New York City, this gives the book and entirely different feel. 

The Dutch cover doesn’t make sense to me. The girl on the cover looks really sullen but that’s not the impression I get regarding Lena at all. In Pandemonium, Lena is becoming stronger, not wallowing.

That about does it for this edition of Book Traveling Thursdays! What is your favorite sequel? 

Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

16 thoughts on “Book Traveling Thursdays // Favorite Sequel

  1. The leaf print on models face on Croatian cover is weird, I don’t like it. I’m happy to see Polish cover that is not horrible, I see a lot of sc-fi or fantasy novels that in US or UK have beautiful covers and in Poland they make some atrocity of a cover.


  2. I love these series of posts on your blog. There was a time when I just bought a book without caring for covers. But watching YouTube and Instagram have spoiled me and I crave for good covers 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! I actually found this through reading Esther @ Chapter Adventures’s blog, but I am really visual person so I love looking at alternate covers. Plus, really nice well-designed covers will make me pick up a book I would NEVER have picked up! Like the Southern Reach Trilogy!


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