It took a long time to land on the concept for this cover. I wanted to avoid spoiling plot details, so I knew it had to be another abstract image. Eventually I settled on a decaying painting. The exact reason for this will be explained in the commentary to the final page of this chapter.
The unraveling DNA strands not only fit the theme of the image, they’re a visual bookend for Phase Two as well. Chapter 5, which started the phase, had the only other cover thus far to include double helixes.