From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.
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 scary stories from a child’s perspective. Toward the beginning of The Institute, 12-year-old Luke is kidnapped and placed in a facility for kids with psychic powers, where the physical abuse they endure pales in comparison to the brutal psychological manipulation. As he did in It and Firestarter, King perfectly captures the combination of terror and resilience that makes his young characters feel real and compelling. We felt fiercely protective of Luke and his ragtag crew as they slowly uncovered the truth about their captors’ plans. The world King has crafted gave us all the chills.
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This Is A Good One, Folks
A good mixture of excellent characterization, facts, paranormal carnival rides, bad-guys-get-it-up-the-butt, and outside the box. I usually skim over some of Mr. King’s sprawling imagery and errant tributaries, but I pretty much stuck to it with this story. All the elements are here—good editing at the forefront—so go ahead, take the plunge.
Starts strong, then plummets right into tedium.
He doesn’t use a contact form? Post anything? Decides to ride blissfully along instead of getting help? Really?
Even that wouldn’t be so bad if not for the stultifying filler that runs page after page.
Love His Political Views
Haven’t read it yet. But purchasing because of those who seem right wing. Love King’s politics! He’s correct