The Institute

The Institute

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.

Title:The Institute
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781982110567
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    The Institute Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    After sitting on this review for a few days now, I've wrestled with how much to say, and I feel like "less is more" will be key in this scenario. The synopsis gives a distinct feel of kids facing an e...

  • Chaima ? ?????

    After having read this book, I am once again very relieved that Stephen King is an author of horror and not, y'know, a serial killer...

  • Emily May

    “Great events turn on small hinges.” I think very few people will claim that The Institute is one of King's best works, but I, for one, think it's up there with some of his most entertaining.The ...

  • megs_bookrack

    I need some time to gather my thoughts on this one.Full review to come...maybe...I have such a difficult time formulating 'reviews' of King's work. Original: Reads synopsis whilst at work: RIP Me.An a...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    KING of the writers just released a book and I started my Single ladies/Staying alive combination happy dance, grabbed it into my hands and started my ritual I do when I start a new King book. My ritu...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    Will I ever catch up and read all SK books? Probably not, but here's to trying!...

  • Matthew

    4.5 StarsIn the past 10 years I feel like only Sleeping Beauties and Doctor Sleep have felt as much like classic King as The Institute. Many of the elements in this book are tropes straight from his e...

  • Susanne  Strong

    5 Bright and Fabulous Stars What can I tell you about “The Institute?” Besides the fact that it’s a phenomenal read and the narrator is fantastic?!I simply adored the character development! It...

  • Debra

    "No one does ever live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves."-Stephen King King had me at the very beginning when Tim Jamieson out of the blue decides to give...

  • Kevin Kuhn

    First, a disclosure, I’m a huge Stephen King fan. I read “The Dead Zone” when I was 14 and it was a revelation to me. The main characters were high school teachers and I felt like the book let m...