Young Adult Literature

Ultra Violet YA: The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year and Young Adult Covers

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Jesse Doogan

Staff Writer

Jesse Doogan writes about food, faith, books, and DIY projects, and sometimes even puts these things on her blog. She works in publishing and lives near Chicago with her cat. She tweets about all these things at @jadoogan.   Blog Twitter: @jadoogan

Every year, the design world waits with bated breath for Pantone to announce the color of the year. The color is chosen based on trends found by experts who are sent around the world to see what colors might be on the cusp of becoming important, and when Pantone makes their announcement, it helps designers in every field find a direction for the new year.

Ultra-violet-ya-books-featured-imageThis year, Pantone announced that the color for 2018 is Ultra Violet. When they made this announcement, several of my design friends expressed their distaste: shouldn’t it be a rich burgundy? Maybe a jewel-tone? Alas, the decision was made. Ultra Violet is a cool blue-purple that you’d be hard-pressed to find in nature, outside of maybe a spectacular sunset or somewhere in deep space.  The Pantone people say that Ultra Violet is a “complex and contemplative” color with “mystical and spiritual properties.”  They say that it “energizes and inspires connection.” I haven’t seen Ultra Violet used many places yet, but one area where I have seen the color popping up was on the covers of some of my favorite YA releases of 2018.

What do you think? Do these covers say “complex and contemplative”? Do they inspire or energize?


The Crescent Stone by Matt Mikalatos


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Linsay Cummings



The Final Six by Alexandra Monir


Say You'll Remember Me

Say You’ll Remember Me by Katie McGarry



Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre


Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia


Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire


Beneath the Blade and the Heart by Amanda Hocking


Gunslinger Girl by Lindsay Ely



Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

The Defiant by Lesley Livingston


Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston


Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah Maas