The 5th Wave


Discussion Questions

1. What is the effect of switching between the narratives of Ben and Cassie? How does this build tension in the novel? How does this technique affect the plot?

2. Discuss the theme of trust in the novel. How does Yancey use the concept of trust in connection to the concept of survival?

3. Cassie says that the flaw in the aliens’ master plan is that they didn’t kill everyone at the same time. By attacking humanity in waves, they only succeed in winnowing the strong from the weak. According to Cassie, by the 5th Wave, “It’s the strong who remain,” making them harder to defeat. How do the characters in the novel support this idea? Do you agree or disagree with Cassie?

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