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The Institute

2019 . Fiction, Thrillers, Horror . Stephen King

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91 total

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172K total

About the book

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A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It. 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.

Year:

2019

Language:

English

Publisher:

Simon and Schuster

Pages:

576

ISBN:

1982110562 (ISBN13: 9781982110567)

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Reviews

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11 months ago

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Children with special talents are abducted and sequestered in an institution where the sinister staff seeks to extract their gifts through harsh methods.

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Maria Claudia Llamas

1 year ago

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This is the first book I decided to stop reading and not finish. I usually don't like to read ⁠horror, but I wanted to give it a try. This book was not scary, but for me, it was just weird. It was a very, very descriptive and slow book, which I didn't enjoy and it is more science fiction than horror. ⁠ ⁠ I don't think this book is bad, but it was not for me. Maybe it was a bad call on my part for choosing this book for my first horror novel.

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Harkanwar Anand

4 months ago

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This makes me not want to read a Stephen King book for 2-3 years. It’s cheesy and formulaic.

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Derek Rosales

4 months ago

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such an incredible book

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Zahra Rezai

4 months ago

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That's so scary!

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Ann S

1 week ago

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