To date author Michelle Harrison is best known for her Thirteen Treasures books, a trilogy that focuses on the activities of some particularly nasty and twisted fairies. In April Michelle's new book Unrest is scheduled for release,and this one is very much a story for young adults. I have been looking forward to reading this one for some time - to see why just scroll down to the bottom of this post to read the blurb. I have just received an email from publisher Simon and Schuster revealing the cover of Unrest and I think it will look great on the YA shelves of book shops and libraries across the land. I love its minimalist design, and especially the way the smoke effect rises from the text to create the ghostly figure. I will definitely be using this one with my GCSE and A-Level classes as an example of good cover design.
And here is the book's blurb:
Seventeen-year-old Elliott hasn’t slept properly for months. Not since the accident that nearly killed him. Sometimes he half-wakes, paralysed, while shadowy figures move around him. Other times he is the one moving around, while his body lies asleep on the bed. His doctors say sleep paralysis and out of body experiences are harmless - but to Elliott they’re terrifying.
Convinced that his brush with death has attracted the spirit world, Elliott secures a job at a reputedly haunted museum, determined to discover the truth. There, he meets the enigmatic Ophelia. But, as she and Elliott grow closer, Elliott draws new attention from the dead. One night, during an out of body experience, Elliott returns to bed to find his body gone. Something is occupying it, something dead that wants to live again . . . and it wants Ophelia, too . .