Judging a Book by Its Cover: Pulse


Title:  Pulse

Author:  Patrick Carman

What’s on the cover:  A huge tree floating in the sky, roots and all.  It’s floating above a street with houses on either side that all look about the same.  Lots of earth tones.  The tagline at the top says “Everyone has a heartbeat.  Few have the pulse.”  The circles coming off of the title in the center also seem to represent some type of pulse.

What I think it’s about:  The tagline coupled with the floating tree make me wonder if the pulse is some kind of magical power that some people have, maybe something like telekinesis?

What the blurb says:  “In the year 2051, who has a pulse? With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a ‘pulse,’ and Dylan has the talent, too. In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters who are so powerful they can flatten their enemies by uprooting streetlights, throwing boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with her unusual talent, the mind–and the heart–can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.”

Final verdict:  I promise I didn’t cheat, I just guessed really well!  The cover did a nice job at suggesting the plot, and it’s really unique and pleasing to look at.  Plus the plot sounds like it might be a fun, action-packed story.

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