Ben Ross, a history teacher in a high school, was tired by sleepy students and sloppy homeworks. So he created new system in his class, called The Wave, which he hoped would improve the students’ discipline as well as help them understand the situation of many German citizens after World War 2, and to address questions like why they went along with Hitler’s plans and did not resist him.
What Ben did not know was that his little movement would spread from his history class to the entire school, turning normal teenagers into chanting, saluting fanatics, with the motto – Strength through discipline, strength through community, strength through action!
The other main character in the book is Laurie Saunders, a student from Ben’s history class, who was one of those who felt that The Wave was going too far and it had to be stopped real soon, before it was too late.
I know, I know. It sounds very far-fetched, doesn’t it? But believe me, it is not. It was one of those books which after reading, I was like, “What? It is over already? But I have so many questions!”. What actually shocks me is that this book is based on a true episode which took place in the 1960’s in a Californian high school, though of course, many events in it have been fictionalized. The book hooked me right from the first page, and I finished the entire novel in a day.
I must admit, the movement started by the Ben Ross in the book was pretty impressive. Even the ‘loser’ of the class began actively participating in academics as well as sports. Overall, The Wave made a perfectly disciplined community, but the price was very high. The students lost their individuality, and began to look for a leader, or even a dictator, to always guide them.
So do read this amazing story about something that had begun as a simple history experiment, but turned into a craze that was taking over the students’ lives.
By the way, if you like this book, you should certainly watch a Netflix series titled ‘The Unlisted’. Though on a completely different concept, the series deals with high school students as well, who were being controlled by people with bad intentions.
Let me know your views on the book as well as on the Netflix series by commenting below. Goodbye until my next post, and happy reading!