Author: Laura DiSilverio
Additional Text: Book One of the Incubation Trilogy
INCUBATION is the first book of a teen and young adult dystopian trilogy.
It features three teen protagonists, two girls (one of whom is pregnant) and a boy, who run away from the government-run facility they were raised in and face myriad dangers on their way to "safety" in the capital city of Atlanta. The strongest images in the book are locusts (which have decimated the country), and kudzu which is chartreuse and is the only plant that has adapted so the locusts won't eat it. The rest of the countryside is shades of brown/tan, with no foliage. The Florida/Georgia landscape is filled with dead trees and crumbled buildings, collapsed highways, rusted vehicles, etc. covered with kudzu. The book is action & adventure with a slightly ominous tone of worse to come in books 2 & 3.
Think Hunger Games only not nearly so violent.
As a graphic element, I'm thinking a single locust/grasshopper or swarm should be the focus. The insect should be pale green or brown on the first book, red on the second, and gold (perhaps flying away) on the third.
It would be useful to have an element/symbol/figure (the locust or something else) that could be changed just a bit but carried over from the first book cover to the next two so they would clearly be connected.