Chat About Covers: The Dystopia Spell

June 29, 2017 Chat About Covers 2



We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.


Julie Review Avatar

OK so as a mashup this is quite awesome. It is half sci-fi alien adventure and half dystopian looking futuristic city society. I don’t know how well the book will pull off the mashup of genres, but I think the cover does a fun job of it. I like the jagged line that still seamlessly blends the two worlds around the main character’s figure.

I don’t really like the bright light circle things though, and one is around his face so that is kind of awkward. I think those could have been left out and the cover would have looked better.

I do like the font, while “SPELL” is in the cliche type font for scifi, I like that the font on the rest of the tittle is different, but compliments it well.

But, I do think there is font overload. It looks like each set of words has a separate font, and that is a bit much. The font on the top of the book for “multiverse” is again a different looking font, with funky letter “M” that distracts to me.

Overall, not too bad for a mashup type cover.


Lynnpic avatar
I get the whole “mashup” situation right away looking at the cover. But overall, I find the cover busy. It’s painful for me to look at. I think I’d like either cover on it’s own, but not shoved together.

I do like how the mashup design is carried over into the type, with the opposite colors on the two sides of the cover. And I like the bright circle things. They remind me of moons or planets.

Overall, I’d pick the scifi city-scape over the sun-drenched dystopia side. I think the blues and blacks are more appealing than the oranges and yellows.


What are your thoughts on this cover?


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2 Responses to “Chat About Covers: The Dystopia Spell”

  1. Livia

    I’d pass on this one. Visually it’s not pleasing enough, so it’s a miss for this book hoarder.

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