The 5th Wave Quotes


"There will be no awakening."

Narrator: Intrusion 1995 (Prologue)

This quote not only is the opening line of the novel, but serves as a foreshadowing of the devastation that is to come next: the woman remaining asleep as an extraterrestrial consciousness is being uploaded into the unborn baby within her, and the human race remaining unaware of the apocalytpic, extra-terrestrial invasion that is to occur within the upcoming years.

"I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running, not staying, but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity's last war, then I am the battlefield."

Cassie: Chapter 24

This quote as the final line to Part 1 in Cassie's perspective provides great insight into Cassie's character. Her reference to herself as the battlefield for humanity's final war represents her acknowledgment of uncertainty as to how many humans there are left in the world, and that should there be none, the human race must end with a good fight. Readers observe her courageous nature as well as her recurring feelings of isolation, which become the driving force in her decision to continue to live as a representation for the fight for humanity.

"I will teach you to love death. I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance. I will make my final stand here, Benjamin Thomas Parish. Slapping my chest over and over until my skin burns, my heart on fire. And you will be my battlefield."

Ben: Chapter 30

This serves as a clear parallel to Cassie's quote in Part 1 by being the final line in Part 2. Readers can compare and contrast Cassie and Ben by providing brief insight into Ben Parish's driving force in the fight for humanity. Rather than discovering the motivation to fight on, himself, Commander Vosch instills that motivation within him, with the promise of Ben becoming his battlefield. This also foreshadows the discovery of the truth of Vosch, Camp Haven, and the manipulation of children by the Others into becoming the means for the violent eradication of the human race.

"'I didn't save you,' he whispers, lips tickling my eyelashes. "'You saved me.'"

Evan: Chapter 36

Evan's sincerity in his claim that Cassie has saved him hints to the reader the possibility that Evan may be one of the Others, particularly the silencer who had shot Cassie during the stand-off at the freeway, whom readers observe to have developed a strong fondness and appreciation for her, regardless of the nature of who he was.

"'Fear,'" she whispers in my ear, as if she's sharing a secret. 'For the gazelle, fear of being eaten. For the lion, fear of starvation. Fear is the chain that binds them together.'"

Ringer: Chapter 50

Fear, one of the major themes in the novel, is revealed to the reader as the driving force for humans in the fight against the Others, including Ringer.

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