Judging by the Cover Tuesday

Judging by the Cover Tuesday (4/12)

Judging by the Cover Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Hello Beautiful Book Blog.

Anyone can play along, just do the following:

  1. Search the web for the cutest cover you come across, ideally an unreleased book
  2. Don’t read the synopsis
  3. Try to guess what the book is about
  4. Read the synopsis and see how close you came
  5. Make sure to link Hello Beautiful Book Blog as your host!♥

Post in the comments the link to your own Judging by the Cover Tuesday post or share your cover in the comments below if you do not have a blog. Thanks! 🙂


♥♥♥Judging by the Cover Tuesday, where I score the web for the cutest cover I can find and try to guess what the story is going to be about before reading the blurb. All books are only judged by the cover and are not yet released.


This week we have one veteran and one newbie. Hystopia is a novel by David Means whom is an internationally acclaimed author and has written many other short stories. Hystopia being his first novel. Join is a debut novel by Steve Toutonghi whom has studied poetry and fiction while completing his degree. Both of these books have super unique covers that I couldn’t pass up.


Hystopia is first on the list.

First Impressions: I can’t even tell you what Hystopia means. I’m guessing I will have to read at least the synopsis to figure that out. The overall feel of this cover says 60’s – 70’s to me. The skull looks like he is wearing an Army hat so I’m kind of getting a Vietnam vibe from that. One thing I’m not sure of is whether this is going to be a heavy read or a light-hearted one. I think I’m leaning more towards heavy. I think this is going to be mostly character driven novel from the POV of a solider.

Alright, hopefully I’m not completely off. Let’s take a look.


Hystopia by David Means

Release date: April 19, 2016

At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy is entering his third term in office. The Vietnam War rages on, and the president has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from the war have their battlefield traumas “enfolded”wiped from their memories through drugs and therapywhile veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the government and reenacting atrocities on civilians.

This destabilized version of American history is the vision of twenty-two-year old Eugene Allen, who has returned from Vietnam to write the book-within-a-book at the center of Hystopia. In conversation with some of the greatest war narratives, from Homer’s Iliad to the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter,” David Means channels the voice of Allen, the young veteran out to write a novel that can bring honor to those he fought with in Vietnam while also capturing the tragic history of his own family.

The critic James Wood has written that Means’s language “offers an exquisitely precise and sensuous register of an often crazy American reality.” In Hystopia, his highly anticipated first novel, David Means brings his full talent to bear on the crazy reality of trauma, both national and personal. Outlandish and tender, funny and violent, timely and historical, Hystopia invites us to consider whether our traumas can ever be truly overcome. The answers it offers are wildly inventive, deeply rooted in its characters, and wrung from the author’s own heart.


Time period was right. Vietnam was right. Soliders right. Overall theme not so spot on. I still give myself 4/5 hearts for pulling that out! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥





Now on to the debut novel by Steve Toutonghi.

First Impressions: This looks like an alien book. Every time I see an endless sky that’s the first thing I go to. The constellations are formed into the shape of what looks like a brain. The title is suggesting to me that aliens are wanting to join the humans or maybe they already have. The brain thing kind of makes me think that there is some kind of experimentation on humans or aliens going on. This one is tough, but super awesome to look at.

Let’s move on and look at the blurb.


Join by Steve Toutonghi

Release date: April 19, 2016

What if you could live multiple lives simultaneously, have constant, perfect companionship, and never die? That’s the promise of Join, a revolutionary technology that allows small groups of minds to unite, forming a single consciousness that experiences the world through multiple bodies. But as two best friends discover, the light of that miracle may be blinding the world to its horrors.

Chance and Leap are jolted out of their professional routines by a terrifying stranger—a remorseless killer who freely manipulates the networks that regulate life in the post-Join world. Their quest for answers—and survival—brings them from the networks and spire communities they’ve known to the scarred heart of an environmentally ravaged North American continent and an underground community of the “ferals” left behind by the rush of technology.

In the storytelling tradition of classic speculative fiction from writers like David Mitchell and Michael Chabon, Join offers a pulse-pounding story that poses the largest possible questions: How long can human life be sustained on our planet in the face of environmental catastrophe? What does it mean to be human, and what happens when humanity takes the next step in its evolution? If the individual mind becomes obsolete, what have we lost and gained, and what is still worth fighting for?


Not even close, but wow. That synopsis is awesome, much better than anything I could have come up with. I am super excited to read this now. Something I have never heard of before or even close to that for that matter. 0/5 hearts for me though.





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