The Institute by Stephen King (Review)

Format Read: Hardback (Collector’s Edition)

Source: Owned

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton

Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fiction

Publication Date: 10th September 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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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My Thoughts

This follows a group of children with telekinesis/telepathy powers who kept in a specially designed institute, where they are put through tests to advance their powers further. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as I do have a love hate relationship with some of Kings books, but this one turned out to be a great read. It gave me “Stranger Things” vibes. What I liked about this book is that there was no over complicated explanations and it was pretty fast paced. I also really loved seeing the relationships and friendships growing between the different characters. It didn’t matter that they were all of different ages. They accepted everyone no matter what their powers were.

This was looking to be a 5-star read but one this that stopped me from giving this rating was the ending. The ending was building up to be an explosive one but sadly it didn’t quite work out that way, instead it just a fizzled out and left me a little disappointed.

Apart from the disappointed ending still a great read!! Definitely recommend if you’ve seen “Stranger Things” and loved it.

My Rating


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