Fantastic Covers Friday (9): Banished by Sofie Littlefield

Fantastic Covers Friday is a weekly meme over here at Brave New Shelf where I highlight beautiful covers that I find, both old and new, from young adult books.

This Week:

Banished by Sophie Littlefield
Jacket photograph © 2010 by Lara Jade
Jacket illustration © 2010 by Shutterstock
Jacket design by Stephanie Moss

The combinations of blues and blacks on this cover is very powerful. I love that the girl is not only hiding behind her hair, but the print of the cover of the book as well. All-caps in the title fits in well with the chilling blue theme, and I knew the moment that I looked at this book that it had some serious themes in it. 
It also looks to me as though the model on the cover was intended to be a bit racially ambiguous. I thought when I had first seen the cover that she was Asian, but now I'm not so certain. Seeing as there's certainly a shortage of non-white models on book covers, I think it's refreshing.

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