ONES AND ZEROES cover reveal

I love this cover, and I want to talk all about it, but let’s start with the good stuff: the actual cover.

Behold it’s glory:


ONES AND ZEROES is the sequel to BLUESCREEN, and the second book in the Mirador series. It continues the story from the first one, but it’s designed to stand on its own. Here’s the pitch from the publisher:

Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible.

Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean everything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.

With most of my books I don’t get any real input on the covers–most authors don’t–but on the Mirador series I’ve been involved at every level. I suggested basic looks and layouts; I helped select the models for the photo shoots, and the actual photos we ended up using; I submitted reference art of cyberpunk cityscapes, and reference photos of LA; I sent notes back and forth of what the clothes and the robots and Marisa’s arm should look like. I’m not claiming credit for the outcome–that all belongs with Michelle Taormina and Sebastian Hue–I’m just letting you know that this cover is as close to my own personal vision of the series as I could make it.

One of the interesting puzzles for us, with BLUESCREEN’s cover, was that cyberpunk cities are traditionally dark and vertical, but LA is wide and flat and sunny. We chose to go with a cover that ‘felt’ cyberpunk-y, full of giant skyscrapers and narrow streets at the bottom of deep steel canyons, because that was the best way of announcing exactly what kind of book it was. With ONES AND ZEROES we had the chance to show a little more of what I imagine when I write the books: low buildings with paint and brick, bright sunsets and palm trees, and storefronts full of neon and holograms and advertisements in a dozen different languages. BLUESCREEN’s cover was cyberpunk in general, but ONES AND ZEROES is unique to Mirador.

One more quick note about the people on the cover: Marisa’s in the middle, obviously, with her best friend Sahara on the side (and Cameron and Camilla, the everpresent camera nulis, hovering behind her). The other character is new to this book: Alain Bensoussan. Some call him a freedom fighter, others call him a terrorist; pretty much everyone calls him a criminal. Finding out what he wants, and how far he’s willing to go to get it, is a journey you’ll have to take along with Marisa.

ONES AND ZEROES comes out on February 14. Blink on your djinni to set an alarm, and I’ll see you in Overworld.

One Response to “ONES AND ZEROES cover reveal”

  1. Klimpaloon says:

    Everything on this cover looks so awesome! Marisa especially looks excellent, you really see strong Latina girl of the future here.
    But what’s that thing everyone’s looking at to the right? Agh, I have to wait half a year to find out, don’t I?

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