40 pages 1 hour read

Blake Crouch


Fiction | Novel | Adult | Published in 2022

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Part 1, Chapters 4-6Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Part 1, Chapter 4 Summary

Logan wakes up disoriented, and it takes him some time to realize that he has been placed in a cell made of ballistic glass. He will later learn he is being held at a remote farm. Edwin appears on the other side and informs Logan that he has been detained by the GPA on suspicion of genetic self-enhancement, which Logan asserts is ridiculous. He is given a high-tech polygraph test, which he passes, but because the agency sees Logan’s condition as potentially dangerous, they are holding him indefinitely.

He is soon visited by Dr. Romero, the scientist whom Logan reluctantly arrested for practicing genetic engineering. Dr. Romero is tasked with studying Logan’s new abilities; when Logan refuses to comply, oxygen is withheld from his cell, causing him to gasp for breath and nearly pass out. When Romero returns oxygen to the cell, he says, “It gives me no pleasure to hurt you […] but I’ve been tasked with studying what you are. What you’re becoming. You need to understand that your compliance is nonnegotiable” (88). Logan immediately complies and agrees to allow Romero to study him. Romero quickly finds that Logan’s IQ is literally off the charts. Logan learns how to read body language, and his skills of perception become highly acute.