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The Institute: A Novel
by Stephen King

Published: 2019-09-10
Hardcover : 576 pages
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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, ...
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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.

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by [email protected] (see profile) 06/05/20

I would read this book over and over again! Stephen king has such a beautiful mind. I love how every character had such a iconic role in this story. You will never look at abductions the sam... (read more)

 
by [email protected] (see profile) 04/20/20

I could not put this book down. I love how Stephen King wrote this book based on science fiction rather then horror. I mean would you send innocent children to die to control outcomes of the world to save... (read more)

 
  "this is horror?"by LSakay (see profile) 04/15/20

This actually was my first Stephen King read and I have to say, I find the movies more exciting. The Institute was good and the storyline was very King but the detail, oh so much detail. There were times... (read more)

 
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  "the institute"by Carolynr (see profile) 10/22/19

If you are not a Stephen King fan you may not like this book. And that's ok. But I have to say I could not put this down. There is just enough probability and realism in this to make you wonder. An excellent... (read more)

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