Study Guide

Dark Matter Identity

By Blake Crouch

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How weird would it be to meet a version of yourself from a parallel universe? We don't know if we'd run away screaming or attempt a make-out session. Well, as it happens, Jason Dessen chooses neither of these options when he's kidnapped by an evil doppelgänger from another dimension in Dark Matter. And that's not even getting into his encounter with an army of parallel-universe Jasons. Yikes. Through this insane series of events, Jason is forced to completely re-examine his conception of identity, learning that it isn't as set in stone as he might have assumed.

Questions About Identity

  1. How does Jason's conception of his own identity change over the course of the novel?
  2. Are there any universal aspects to Jason's identity? If so, what are they?
  3. What are the similarities and differences between Daniela and Daniela2?
  4. Does the book suggest that identity is meaningless? Defend your answer using specific examples.

Chew on This

The novel doesn't suggest that identity is meaningless, but simply that it is a range of traits rather than a specific, set-in-stone individual personality.

The novel suggests that identity is meaningless, as everyone holds a full range of different "selves" within themselves.

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