5th Wave Quotes

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Chase Barclay
Dr. McGarrity
7 November 2014

Book Review: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

In The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, Cassie Sullivan tries to survive the 5th Wave, while trying to rescue her five-year-old brother, Sammy, from a military compound run by The Others. These five waves have been run by a group of aliens called, The Others, who have been trying to inhabit Earth. Cassie is trying to go to the compound, Camp Haven, where The Others are putting their plan (The 5th Wave) into action. At the camp, young people like Sammy are brainwashed into believing that The Others are human. In this way, an army of children is being trained as the instrument of humanity’s destruction.

Direct Characterization Cassie Sullivan: “The
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It seems like a foolproof plan for victory. As Cassie states, “You can’t band together to fight without trust. And without trust, there was no hope” (Yancey pg. 1).
Quote: “The first rule of surviving the 4th Wave is don’t trust anyone. It doesn’t matter what they look like. The Others are very smart about that—okay, they’re smart about everything. It doesn’t matter if they look the right way and say the right things and act exactly like you expect them to act” (Yancey Mobile Page 8).
This novel takes place in present day, but in a world where alien invaders are systematically annihilating the human race. The action takes place in Ohio, in and around Cincinnati.
Quote: “I begin to smell Cincinnati about a mile before spotting the exit sign. A thick column of smoke rises lazily toward the cloud-less sky. Cincinnati is burning” (Yancey Mobile Page
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I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action and adventure.
Symbols & Objects
A wounded soldier Cassie comes into contact with has a crucifix that Cassie mistakes for a gun, leading her to kill the man. This Crucifix empowers Cassie to strive forward to what she wants to get—her brother, Sammy.
Quote: “I went up to him before the last of the light was gone. Not to see if he was dead. I knew he was dead. I wanted to see what he was still holding in his bloody hand. It was a crucifix” (Yancey Mobile Page 14).
Teddy Bear
Sammy gives Cassie his teddy bear to keep her spirits up while they are separated. Cassie keeps the teddy bear with her and returns it to Sammy when she goes to rescue him.
Quote: “Sammy’s ratty old teddy bear. Not that it’s mine now. Not that I ever cuddle with it or anything” (Yancey Mobile Page 17).

Figurative Language
Quote: “The Others are so far ahead of us, it’s like comparing the dumbest human and the smartest dog” (Yancey pg.1).
Explanation: This is a simile because it is comparing the dumbest human and the smartest

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