The Institute

A Novel

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Publisher Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King whose “storytelling transcends genre” (Newsday) comes “another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable” (The Boston Globe) about a group of kids confronting evil.

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 “first-rate entertainment that has something important to say. We all need to listen” (The Washington Post).

GENRE
Mysteries & Thrillers
RELEASED
2019
September 10
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
576
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
9.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Robkei ,

Excellent Read

This is Stephen King at his best. I could not put this book down. Don’t start reading it if you have plans in the near future.

matt von d ,

Gripping page-turner

It’s been probably 15 years since I’ve read a Steven King book, and this is the first I’ve read in his far-spanning catalog that isn’t considered a classic—but I’ve no doubt it will one day be looked upon as a classic.

JackieLoveleigh ,

One of the best books I’ve read in a while

Could not put it down. You’ll fall in love with these characters. Such a good book!!

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