Study Guide

Dark Matter Family

By Blake Crouch

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What would you do to reunite with your family? Would you stand up to an evil scientific conglomerate? Would you travel halfway across the multiverse and back? Would you kill an army of parallel universe versions of yourself?

Odd as all that might sound, it's exactly what Jason Dessen does in Dark Matter. Replaced as the head of his family by an evil doppelgänger, tossed into a parallel universe, and left to die, Jason must overcome infinite odds to get his family back. Make no mistake, people—he might be a mild-mannered community college professor, but you do not want to get between this guy and his loved ones.

Questions About Family

  1. Why is family so important to Jason? How does he show it?
  2. Would Jason2 have been happier if he had a family? Explain.
  3. What is Charlie's relationship like with his father?
  4. Does Daniela have a different perspective on family from Jason? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

Although Jason2 thinks he would be happier with a family, this is an illusion resulting from regret.

Jason2 would be happier with a family because it would force him to become more empathetic and emotionally grounded.

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