Don't miss the rafflecopter giveaway below, for an exclusive Advanced Reader Copy of OMEGA CITY. But first, check out the blurb for this action-packed middle grade adventure, coming from Balzer+Bray on April 28, 2015:
Gillian Seagret doesn't listen to people who say her father's a crackpot. His conspiracy theories about the lost technology of Cold War-era rocket scientist Dr. Aloysius Underberg may have cost him his job and forced the family to move to a cottage in the sticks, but Gillian knows he's right, and plans to prove it.
When she discovers a missing page from Dr. Unerberg's diary in her father's mess of an office, she thinks she's found a big piece of the puzzle--a space-themed riddle promising to lead to Dr. Underberg's greatest invention. Enlisting the help of her skeptical younger brother, Eric, her best friend, Savannah, and Howard, their NASA-obsessed schoolmate, Gillian sets off into the ruins of a vast doomsday bunker, deep within the earth.
But they aren't alone inside its dark and flooded halls. Now Gillian and her friends must race to explore OMEGA CITY and find the answers they need. For while Gillian wants to save her dad's reputation by bringing Dr. Underberg's secrets to light, there are others who will stop at nothing to make sure they stay buried...forever.
Nasa, secrets, and an underground bunker? Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, judging by the cover, we're in for one wild ride with OMEGA CITY!
What do you think? We love the depth in this illustration! From the glowing light to the dials and knobs, there's so much to look at in this image that it really gets us guessing about the story.
Here's a special note from Diana on the creation of this action-packed cover:
One of the things I was most excited about when I sold a middle-grade book was getting an illustrated cover. As someone who is hard-pressed to draw so much as a smiley face, I live in awe of people skilled in the visual arts. And when my editor at Balzer + Bray informed me they were hiring the amazing Vivenne To, I pored over her portfolio, imagining how she’d translate her skill with movement and light to my action adventure story. Would she illustrate one of the set pieces from my characters’ adventures deep in the Earth? And if so, however were she and the folks at Harper going to decide amongst them?
Turns out, they chose not to. Instead, the image that appears on the cover of OMEGA CITY is an amalgamation of several moments in the book – the starry dome in the entrance chamber, the ladders inside the elevator shaft, the ancient computers of the Comm room, and the crumbling walkway to the rocketship Knowledge. All sorts of details and easter eggs lurk in this extraordinary image, and I get giddy with the thought of what readers will find when they flip back and look mid-story.
I’d love to tell you what those are, but, you know… spoilers. ;-)
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Thanks to Diana for sharing OMEGA CITY's awesome cover on Kidliterati!