Posted on March 1st, 2013 by annakjarzab
A little while ago, I gave everyone a little run-down on the Tandem cover, what the thought process was behind it, and showed y’all the full jacket. But I’ll tell you, if you think the cover is cool, just wait till you see the interiors. They’re my favorite part of the book, because they are so thought-out and clever and pretty and, best of all, actually helpful.
Tandem has a bit of a complicated narrative, so the function of the interiors, besides just looking cool (which they do), is to help orient the reader in the story. If I’ve done my job, you won’t need these little flourishes, because you’ll be able to tell pretty easily who is who when you’re reading, but it can’t hurt to be extra thorough.
Tandem contains three POVs: Sasha, Thomas, and Juliana. Sasha’s POV is first person, and all of her chapters are numbered; Thomas’s POV is third-person, and all of his chapters have titles with his name in them and then most of the time his location (i.e. “Thomas in the Tattered City”); Juliana’s POV is in the third-person, in italics, with no numbers or headers of any kind. Instead, they have a fancy abstract design on the top.
Sasha – Chapter One
Thomas Through the Tandem (Thomas’s first chapter)
Juliana’s first chapter
Cool, huh? But it doesn’t end there. Sarah chose a small symbol for each character and put them in the margins of the pages, so that no matter where you are in the book, you can always tell who’s speaking by glancing at the margin.
Each page of Sasha’s POV has a circle in the margins, symbolizing that she is from Earth
Juliana’s pages have a star
Thomas’s pages have a chevron, symbolizing his military background
Clever, yes? BUT THAT IS NOT ALL. There are also a couple of interstitials that tell you when you’re switching universes:
This is the Earth spread that occurs near the very beginning of the novel. That’s the Chicago skyline, upside down (the Earth parts of the book are set in Hyde Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, where not coincidentally I lived 6-7 years ago). There’s an Aurora spread as well:
And THEN, when the narrative starts counting down by days until [redacted event], there are more interior pages indicating how many days we have left. It’s a number inside a circle, and the circle widens as the number dwindles.
Anyway, I’m basically in love with the interiors of Tandem, and feel so, so grateful that my editor and the designer put so much effort into making the book look this gorgeous, inside as well as out. Can’t wait for you all to read it it! With that in mind, it’s time to announce the winner of my Tandem galley giveaway! The winner is:
Heather, I have emailed you! I can’t wait to hear what you think of Tandem!