The Institute

The Institute

A Novel

Book - 2019
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents--telekinesis and telepathy--who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out."

In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don't, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It , The Institute is Stephen King's gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don't always win.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©2019.
ISBN: 9781982110567
Characteristics: 561 pages ;,25 cm.


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Hillsboro_RobP Feb 10, 2020

The Institute is one of King's better modern works, though it doesn't quite cross over into a game-changer. It's a page-turner with a few of King's minor flaws (weird idioms no longer in use, a strange need to identify every character's attractiveness) but many of his major ones (grotesque detail, spoiling his own plot, taking things in an uncomfortable direction) have been left out.
With a twisting plot and enjoyable characters, the length breezes right by. If you need a kids vs. bad guys book written for adults, this is a strong choice.

Feb 07, 2020

Also my first Stephen King novel. Despite the fact that it was 500+ pages, I did not often feel plagued with unnecessary details. Some parts were drawn out, but for the most part I didn't mind. I found myself eager to find out what happened! This institute abducts children and runs unethical experiments on them to harness their mental powers (telepathy and telekinesis).. given this concept, it was dark but not too dark.

Jan 29, 2020

This is classic SK, harkening back to the days of The Tommyknockers and It. Complete with mischievous foul mouth kids, mad scientists and blue collar heroes. If you’re not one of his fans, I don’t recommend jumping on the bandwagon with this offering as it’s quite long.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 21, 2020

Fans of King will enjoy, but this one won't win over converts.

Jan 17, 2020

My favourite Stephen King book right now. It reminds me of Stranger Things a bit - with the kids and abilities. I love that Stephen King isn't afraid to make R rated novels surrounding kids. I really enjoyed this book, definitely check it out.

Jan 16, 2020

This is the first King novel I've read. The pages seemed to float by despite the 500+ pages. Not a book for everyone. I think I'd rather see the movie rendition.

JessicaGma Jan 06, 2020

A really gripping tale where you just want Luke to get out of the Institute and head home. The kids do end up freeing themselves, but oh my goodness, what a yarn. A definite Stephen king masterpiece, and I am still thinking about the implications today.

Jan 02, 2020

I loved this book, At first I was intimidated by so many pages but honestly I couldn't put it down. It was one of his best works so far. It's a good read and very detailed. Looking forward to the movie, hope they don't make it different than the book the movies never are like the book so I am not getting my hopes up too high.

Jan 02, 2020

Wow-another doozy from the master. I don’t know where Stephen King’s mind goes to come up with his novels, but once again, this one is a page turner and you never know what is coming on the next page. A fantastic read, full of twists and turns. I was initially concerned because it had to do with children, but it is written so well and is so interesting that it pulls you right into the action and you’re living what’s going on right along with them. Loved it.

Dec 26, 2019

A Stephen King book on a par with The Stand. Not horror but a paranormal theme essential to the story. It reminded me of an old Ursala LeGuin story: The Ones Who Walked Away from Omelas, about a mystical town whose well-being was dependent on a child locked in misery and desolation in a basement. Same theme here - take a group of children endowed with certain paranormal capabilities and use their talents to supposedly save the world while destroying them in the process. Maybe a tough book for kids but I think any kid with a solid reading-level base would love it. Kids in this book are the heroes, taking back their lives and taking care of each other, no matter how weird they seem. A truly excellent read.

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Aug 12, 2019

Coarse Language: Obviously a bit of profanity, since it's a Stephen King book.

May 13, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Minor Frightening Scenes

May 13, 2019

Violence: Minor violence

May 13, 2019

Coarse Language: There are swear words since it's a Stephen King book, but that should NEVER stop children from watching or reading something, as long as they are smart enough to know not to repeat those words.

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Nov 28, 2019

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Aug 12, 2019

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May 13, 2019

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