The Caretaker Trilogy: Book 3
Discussion Questions for timeloCk: the Caretaker trilogy, Book 3
1. Where does he belong, in the present or the future? That is the conundrum for Jack Danielson, aka
Jair Dann. His feelings waver throughout Timelock. As you read the book, keep track of the things he
says and thinks that help him make his decision. Which choice would you have made?
2. It's disappearing . . . melting at an accelerating rate for the past few decades . . . Even if the Dark
Lord hadn't decided to lend a hand, the Arctic Ocean would have been completely free of ice in a
few decades. [p. 181]
· Gisco delineates a doomsday scenario with the melting of the polar ice cap due to global
warming. Have you been keeping up with the issue of climate change in newspapers, books,
TV programs, and school? Is Gisco's fatalism universally accepted by the scientifi c and
political communities? Can the polar ice cap really disappear?
· It has been said that the Arctic is global warming's "canary in the coal mine." Discuss the
meaning of this phrase.
An excellent resource for you to use when formulating your opinions is the Natural Resources
Defense Council. You can access their Web site at: www.nrdc.org
3. "Beacon of Hope, you're the one who needs to help us," the bald fl orist says.
I look back at the florist. Shake my head, "No."
"Yes," he insists. "Terrible things have happened. There's no time to lose."
"NO!" I scream . . . "Find someone else. I'm out of here." [pp. 14-15]
Jack is conscripted against his will and sent to the future to continue fighting the Dark Army. There
he encounters an array of odd creatures that have evolved over the millennium: Gorms, wurfles,
giant nematodes, glagour, and giant scorpions, to name a few. Creatures like these populate science
fiction. How are these creatures like others you have come across in books and movies such as Star
Wars and Star Trek? Which creature is the most disturbing?
4. Jack is open to a family reconciliation, but when his father asks Jack to trust him, Jack says: "Why
should I? . . . You've never been a father to me." [p. 149]
Then his mother implores, "Come over here and join us. Let us be a family this last time."
Jack yells to his parents, "No, I won't join you . . . We've never been a family, so why start now? . . .
I'll die as I lived, alone . . . I'll never forgive you." [p. 153]
Even in the face of danger and certain death, Jack refuses to cut his parents any slack. In the end,
he joins them out of necessity. Do you think his anger is justified? How does he finally resolve his
5. "The King of Dann is dead. Long live the King . . . Destiny, Jair . . . Destiny . . . and duty." [p. 229]
Jack's father's dying words reiterate the burden children of royalty have to bear--destiny and duty.
For Jack's father, there was never a choice. What choice did Jack have? Often, children are expected
to follow in their parents' footsteps or to live out their parents' dreams. Talk about this family
imperative in your own life.
6. To prevent the Dark Army from returning to the present, Kidah will lock time. He tells Jack, "The
past will feed into the future in a one-way stream, as it was meant to do." [p. 235] This return to the
normal progression of time assumes that people in the present and succeeding generations will make
the correct decisions about the environment. What evidence is there to support that view?
7. Timelock closes the Caretaker Trilogy, but not the story of Jack and Eko. What do you think will
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