Hello Gemmies! I have a new cover reveal to share with you today, and this one is a twofer! In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the classic novels Who Fear Death and The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor are getting new covers! And boy are they gorgeous! Both covers were drawn and designed by Greg Ruth. I love how they fit into the aesthetic of Nnedi's other novel covers. Who Fears Death is also in development at HBO to be made into a TV series! Both of these books were wonderful reads and I can't wait to get my hands on the new editions.
Synopsis of Who Fears Death from Goodreads:
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means "Who Fears Death?" in an ancient African tongue.
Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny – to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture – and eventually death itself.
Synopsis of The Book of Phoenix from Goodreads:
A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell….
The Book of Phoenix is a unique work of magical futurism. A prequel to the highly acclaimed, World Fantasy Award-winning novel, Who Fears Death, it features the rise of another of Nnedi Okorafor’s powerful, memorable, superhuman women.
Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York’s Tower 7. She is an “accelerated woman”—only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix’s abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading e-books, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.
Then one evening, Saeed witnesses something so terrible that he takes his own life. Devastated by his death and Tower 7’s refusal to answer her questions, Phoenix finally begins to realize that her home is really her prison, and she becomes desperate to escape.
But Phoenix’s escape, and her destruction of Tower 7, is just the beginning of her story. Before her story ends, Phoenix will travel from the United States to Africa and back, changing the entire course of humanity’s future.
Published by Daw Books, both books are available for purchase with their original covers. As of today a release date for the new covers has not been provided. Are you looking forward to reading these books? Do you love the new covers? Let me know by leaving a comment below. Happy Reading!