“Freedom has a way of destroying things,” Scott Westerfeld
“The power that each of us has over complete strangers to make them feel terrible and and frightened and weak is amazing.” ~ Hank Green, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
"There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities." ~ Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
“If you believe you have control, then you believe you’re at the top. And if you’re at the top, then people who aren’t like you… well, they’ve got to be somewhere lower, right? Every species does this. Does it again and again and again.” ~ Becky Chambers, A Closed and Common Orbit
“All you can do, Rosemary–all any of us can do–is work to be something positive instead. That is a choice that every sapient must make every day of their life. The universe is what we make of it. It’s up to you to decide what part you will play.” ~ Becky Chambers, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
“The Jenny Haniver was surfing on the edge of night as it swept Westward across the Great Hunting Ground.” ~Philip Reeve, Night Flights
“This is the trouble with history. You can't see what's not there. You can look at an empty space and see that something's missing, but there's no way to know what it was.”
At times you can feel Brown trying to differentiate his world and his story from The Hunger Games, but I was never able to stop comparing the two.