The Institute A Novel Author:Stephen King 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 ... more »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.« less
Grips you from the first page. The first few chapters of a lone traveler settling in a town offer some good character development and interesting story. Then you learn about The Institutionalization, where the book gets its name. This, too, offers excellent character development and imaginitive story. You wonder, though, HOW can these two completely different stories (in two very different parts of the country) related?? Well, we the reader certainly find out. What follows is a wild ride, for sure. Excellent story. Disturbing in every delicious way.
I found this book to be enticing from the very beginning. A story that seems oddly plausible which makes it that much more eerie. It is a long read, but in that are many details and such well written passages about the characters to love and cheer for. I enjoyed the ending and a few twists along the way.
This is in my top ten of Stephen King Books. I've read about 80% of his work. After the first 100 pages I couldn't put it down. The only thing that I did not like was that he inserted political views in the story that really did not need to be there. It had nothing to do with the story or the storyline or what was going on at the time that he writes it. I have mixed feelings about the last section of the book as well. It could have been done better. Otherwise it was a great story, great idea. Made you think "What if this is really going on?"