Did you ever have a bite of food that was so delicious you didn't want to swallow it? That's how I felt about Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. It's brilliant. Delicious. Savory.
I Am Still Alive is a YA novel (which I didn't realize until I was well into it) about a girl who's lost everything and has to go live with her estranged father literally in the middle of the wilderness in Canada. There are no roads or cars... only a plane that shows up occasionally to get in and out.
In the spaces of these fiery pages, we deal with motherhood, abortion, racial relations, socioeconomic issues, what it means to be an artist, living your dreams or dealing with those you never fulfill, teenage angst and drama, sibling relationships, abandonment, adoption, ethical and moral issues...
Assassin's Apprentice wasn't riddled with brilliant, beautiful quotes throughout even though it was a well-written story. However, there were a few that struck me. Enough that they deserved their own post. Several were relevant to events in our current times. And a few were relevant to me personally but might speak to you as well.