Cover Love: Cover Reveal for World Running Down by Al Hess


I love sharing and talking about covers on my blog, so I’m excited to be part of a cover reveal today! For a queer post-apocalyptic book about a trans protagonist and an android! And not only is the cover beautiful, it was drawn by the author, which is really cool. I’m seriously loving this cover—the layout, the colors, the vibe, the font, the art itself! So without further ado…

World Running Down by Al Hess - Artwork of two men casually sitting on top of a beat-up red van with their legs dangling off the side, positioned toward the bottom right of the cover. All around them is dry, cracked ground. In the far background toward the left of the cover there's a city with tall buildings, and beyond that is mountains. The sky is blue with some clouds. The vibe is chill. The title takes up the top two-thirds of the cover, in the sky, with black outlined letters.


A transgender salvager on the outskirts of a dystopian Utah gets the chance to earn the ultimate score and maybe even a dash of romance. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch…

Valentine Weis is a salvager in the future wastelands of Utah. Wrestling with body dysphoria, he dreams of earning enough money to afford citizenship in Salt Lake City – a utopia where the testosterone and surgery he needs to transition is free, the food is plentiful, and folk are much less likely to be shot full of arrows by salt pirates. But earning that kind of money is a pipe dream, until he meets the exceptionally handsome Osric.

Once a powerful AI in Salt Lake City, Osric has been forced into an android body against his will and sent into the wasteland to offer Valentine a job on behalf of his new employer – an escort service seeking to retrieve their stolen androids. The reward is a visa into the city, and a chance at the life Valentine’s always dreamed of. But as they attempt to recover the “merchandise”, they encounter a problem: the android ladies are becoming self-aware, and have no interest in returning to their old lives.

The prize is tempting, but carrying out the job would go against everything Valentine stands for, and would threaten the fragile found family that’s kept him alive so far. He’ll need to decide whether to risk his own dream in order to give the AI a chance to live theirs.

More Info:

Publisher: Angry Robot
Expected Release Date: February 2023
Goodreads // Amazon // Publisher


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