The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 198 Ratings

Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

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.

Reviews

  • Love His Political Views

    5
    By carocross
    Haven’t read it yet. But purchasing because of those who seem right wing. Love King’s politics! He’s correct. Update: Finished! It was excellent. King at his finest. Very little political in it. But enough to know where he stands. And he’s still correct.
  • Boring, tedious.

    2
    By Longhorn5555
    Starts strong, then plummets right into tedium. He doesn’t use a contact form? Post anything? Decides to ride blissfully along instead of getting help? Really? Even that wouldn’t be so bad if not for the stultifying filler that runs page after page.
  • This Is A Good One, Folks

    5
    By Belliemay
    A good mixture of excellent characterization, facts, paranormal carnival rides, bad-guys-get-it-up-the-butt, and outside the box. I usually skim over some of Mr. King’s sprawling imagery and errant tributaries, but I pretty much stuck to it with this story. All the elements are here—good editing at the forefront—so go ahead, take the plunge.
  • UsSens uwill RAnd j

    5
    By y eeedw
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  • Love the life he’s put into

    5
    By Sillyxander
    Stop complaining about his politics. People write what their feeling!!! Don’t lie that if he was writing in line with your politics you still be offended. BS. Writers are artists who are going to express what they feel and he hates this admin. He has every right to discuss this in his book. He writes so you can think. Maybe stop shutting your mind and no if he was writing against my politics I would probably not like it as much. But as it is I love King and fear the day we don’t have him anymore.
  • No need to buy

    1
    By Matthew5353GD
    As others have said, I buy books to enjoy and escape to a different place. Just like actors and singers, Mr. King whom I have loved for years, just lost another long time dan for trying to shove his political views down my throat. Hope it was worth it
  • I've had enough of polarizing political BS.

    1
    By AZPete
    I won't waste my money.
  • A let down

    2
    By Is this one taken...wow it is
    As usual his book starts out strong but ends weak. Maybe there is to be a sequel but I’m not impressed enough with this to read it if it were to be written. Also I can’t stand to read political rhetoric and there’s plenty of it here.
  • Good, but Marred by Mr King’s Politics :(

    3
    By Iquestcorp
    I read novels because I want to escape, and be absorbed in a story, to be entertained; so many of Mr Kings books have provided that escape throughout the years. He has been one of my favorite authors. This book started out in grand King fashion and I was hooked by the first several chapters. Read the whole thing on the course of two days while Traveling. However the many, many references to current US politics were both un-necessary to the story Line and indeed, completely jars the reader out of their absorption out of the story and kills the entertainment. The authors hatred of Trump and Trump Supporters (so evident by his social media commentary) is covered here well, as is his support of Hillary (indeed, her campaign slogan “Stronger Together” is directly attributed and a recurring theme in the book ) and the references do not add in any way to the story or support the characters involved, which is why they are so jarring. It was like a slap in the face by the author. There was no apparent need of using these references, other than a pulpit for the author to use to voice his political beliefs to his fans while he has their attention. If they had been done in such a way to promote the plotline or added character development, it would be different. I would be just as jarred and offended if Mr King’s political leanings were in line with mine. Again, I read to escape and I am thoroughly tired of US political rhetoric and want to escape, which is why I chose to read this novel. I am very disappointed that the author feels the need to force his political views on us. It’s disrespectful. I don’t know why prominent authors and celebrities think we care about their political views, or feel they are doing us a favor by using their fame to force their views on us when they have our attention. Mr King: speaking directly to you: you are a wonderful author and we love your work. Please continue to write stories, and we will continue to buy them. But kindly spare us from your real world political views by inserting them in your works in such a transparent fashion. It demeans the otherwise great novel you have written and in my opinion, reflects badly on you as an author. I would have easily given this novel a 5 star rating had the authors politics not been so transparently pasted into the story line. It was otherwise a compelling story and ended very well. Sincerely, Constant Reader
  • best author in this cruel world

    5
    By Leila Guerra
    love it already