The Institute

The Institute

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First Scribner hardcover edition.
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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-- 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.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2019.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781982110567
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 561 pages ; 25 cm


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SLPL_JuliaDavis Oct 04, 2019

Luke Ellis is kidnapped in the middle of the night, His parents are gone and his bedroom reconstructed in The Institute, a gathering place for children with strange talents. A compelling coming of age story in true Stephen King fashion.

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ArapahoeChristineS Oct 06, 2019

With shades of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, mixed with the horrors of concentration camps, this tense story is really about friendship, the power of being "in it together", overcoming, as well as the shocking fact that humans can do horrendous things to others for the so called "greater good". I was completely absorbed and invested. King is such a brilliant writer and storyteller. I'm a chicken, so reading Stephen King is not usually something I will do (no ghosts or horror for me); however the summary intrigued me and I went into listening to this very tentatively; I'm so glad I did!

Oct 05, 2019

I love Stephen King, and this one did not disappoint! It really makes you think - what would the world be like with the things that are being used in the book (I don't want to spoil it for others)?

Oct 05, 2019

Another King classic, the references to current day events makes it that much more readable

Oct 04, 2019

A great read! Would recommend to anyone.

Oct 01, 2019

The man is back and FINALLY writing again without his son. Thank God!! This book is awesome.


Sep 29, 2019


Sep 29, 2019

The last 2 times I have tried reading King-he always has to throw in a comment about Trump. I have been reading King since Carrie. But I am over everything being political. Too many books in the world to waste time on it.

Sep 29, 2019

4.75 stars. my very first stephen king novel, and it was a doozie. I'll still avoid the horror genre, but I see why king has so many fervent fans. a few wry comments about current events (he is much more overt on twitter) made this book fresh and exciting. I found myself thinking if only...

LPL_LeahN Sep 28, 2019

I'm a huge King fan, have read a lot of his early and more recent books, and dare I say it ... this is up there on my list of favorites. He just never fails to come up with a new way to scare me and no one writes kids better. Luke Ellis and the others from the Institute are as endearing as they are tough. The adult players are written with a depth and polarity that makes me feel like I know them. This book frightened me, made me think, made me laugh, and even broke my heart a little bit. Another King classic, and sure to be a wildly entertaining TV series.

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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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