"People talk about escapism as if it's a bad thing... once you've escaped, once you come back, the world is not the same as how you left it. You come back to it with skills, weapons, knowledge you didn't have before."
"I grew up in what some people would call a mobile home and what other, snobbier people might call a manufactured home, but I was always fine with calling it a trailer."
"As Elissa and her mother entered the waiting room, the sky above Central Canyon City was a chill, predawn gray, the spaceport a colorless blaze on the horizon."
"There are places you can go," Ariana tells him, "and a guy as smart as you has a decent chance of surviving to eighteen."
"I was looking for a quiet place to die. Someone recommended Brooklyn."
"There was once a boy named Milo who didn't know what to do with himself—not just sometimes, but always."
"The first time my mom told me liars didn't go to heaven was when she tried to get me to confess to hitting my eight-year-old brother."
"It was the day after Tuesday and the day before Wednesday. Embly and Yewbert were hitting one another with croquet mallets."
"I just hope we remembered to put in enough steampunk. Whatever that is."
"And when she was good, she was very, very good / But when she was bad she was horrid."
“Multiple exclamation marks are a sure sign of a diseased mind.”
“You’re only young once, they say, but doesn’t it go on for a long time? More years than you can bear.”