Tom Corbett Captures Teenage Love for Disney-Hyperion
Tom Corbett and Don Sumada collaborated with Disney-Hyperion on the cover for These Broken Stars, the first book in a forthcoming, young-adult science fiction trilogy. The plot follows Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen, lone survivors of a luxury spaceliner crash. Sumada's styling helps visualize the protagonists – the daughter of the richest man in the universe and an adolescent war hero – and Corbett's direction captures their desperate brand of teenage love. Makeup artist Gregg Hubbard rounded out the B&A crew.
Authors Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner called the cover perfect. Spooner told The Book Smugglers: "I think my favorite thing about it is that it's clearly both science fiction and romance. That's a hard thing to accomplish with one image. The way they're reaching for each other is so appropriate for the book, because they're the only survivors of their shipwreck – they have to rely on each other to survive." Kaufman added, "It's a haunting, slightly creepy and ultimately beautiful image, and that's definitely the experience Lilac and Tarver have on their unknown planet together."
These Broken Stars hits bookshelves December 10.
Cover designer: Whitney Manger