A 2020 Audie Award Finalist
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Stephen King has always floored us with his ability to tell a thriller from a child’s perspective, and The Institute is no exception. Twelve-year-old Luke has been kidnapped and placed in a facility for kids with psychic powers where the physical abuse is nothing compared to the brutal psychological manipulation. Thanks to Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Santino Fontana’s masterful narration, we’re made to feel like a part of Luke’s ragtag group of imprisoned friends, each of whom has a distinct voice and personality. Fontana also perfectly captures the special combination of terror and resilience that makes King’s characters feel so real and fiercely compelling. Listening to this audiobook pulled us into the tense, vivid, and oh-so-chilling world that King has created.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Excellent narrator, great story. I was only slightly disappointed with the ending
It’s a really good book and it should be read by everyone
If it didn’t have the political crap it’d be better. Very fun. It’s not King’s best, but it was very enjoyable.