Credit for the painting goes to the amazing Christian McGrath, who will also be doing the covers for books two and three. We'll reveal those in January, along with titles.
I'm very pleased with how it came out. The image manages to capture the grit as well as the wonder, Skyler looks suitably bad-ass, and the title treatment gives a nice hint that the book is a hell of a lot of fun, too (if I do say so myself), in contrast to the seriousness of the image.
Sometime after the new year my editor and I will be co-writing a blog post about how the covers came to be. It's been a fun and fascinating process.
I must also thank the awesome Kevin Hearne for his gracious blurb, and all the kind words he sent me privately. If you haven't read his Iron Druid books, you're missing out.
Here's the full quote:
"The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason M. Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, THE DARWIN ELEVATOR delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It's a brilliant debut and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on."
- Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles
That seems like a good place to end. More soon!