Who's the real hero of the The Wave? Who really saves the day? Actually, it's more of a what than a who: we'd say our heroes are language and communication. Both Laurie Saunders and Ben Ross are lucky enough to have people in their lives who know how to communicate with them. Ben's wife Christy is able to help him snap out of it when he gets too involved in his experiment and forgets why he started it in the first place. Similarly, Laurie's mother urges her daughter not to get caught up in The Wave and provides compelling arguments against it. This mother-daughter communication helps Laurie have the courage to take a stand against The Wave. And how does she take a stand? By publishing an exposé on The Wave in the school paper. Language and communication are pretty powerful forces in this novel – and we have them to thank for putting an end to The Wave.
The deeper students get into The Wave, the less they are able to communicate with each other. And that just can't end well.
Ben Ross needs some coaching on how to communicate. Hello, he compares his students to Nazis! There has got to be a better way.