"Sometimes I wish I could act like everyone else, but I can't change who I am. I've tried." (9.12.71)
Lena feels fated to be different than all the other girls in school, as though that's a bad thing. Shmoop thinks it's actually pretty neat.
"Nothing in my life is a coincidence." (9.12.140)
Lena seems a little young not to believe in coincidence, but Macon echoes that sentiment. It's no coincidence that Lena ended up in Gatlin, is it?
"You're Claimed now. You've found your place in the Order of Things." (10.09.173)
Macon is pretty much telling Ridley, "Tough luck, kid. This is how things were meant to be." Wouldn't it make you angry if, at sixteen, the rest of your life was already decided for you?