The Institute- Book Review

The Institute

Personal classification: 5/5stars


Author: Stephen King


Publication Date: September 10th, 2019


Synopsis: 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.



I’ve started a quest to attempt to read all the Stephen King books and try to catch up with his writing, this is a hard task for sure as King has over a hundred books. Nonetheless, I’m still going strong, and I’ve completed another one and I really enjoyed it.

The Institute was one of my most anticipated books of the year. Since I first read the synopsis I fell in love with it and I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I could get my hands on a copy. So, when I finally saw it on the shelves I got it.

A lot has been said about old King and new King, but I’m not a well-read King person to comment on both. I can tell you that it is different, but both are intriguing, well-paced and most definitely intense.

The synopsis of the book pretty much summarizes what we need to know about the story, however, you should go into it knowing these kids are not ordinary kids, and you should not expect normal kid talk. The pacing is really well done, and I didn’t want to put down the book, it was filled with an intensity that I just kept wanting more. As expected, this book would not be a Stephen King book without Maine, and references to his previous books.

I would also like to leave some warnings for violence, especially torture towards kids, also kids do/can do alcohol and cigarettes. I highly recommend this book, it was so interesting and well done.

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