Stephen King – The Institute


From number one New York Times best-selling author Stephen King comes 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 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 theres 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 10-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 dont 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 dont, 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 Kings gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys dont always win.

Author: Stephen King
Narrator: Santino Fontana
Duration: 18 hours 59 minutes
Released: 19 Oct 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I love the beginning of the book with the night knocker then it gets lost only to pick up after Luke escapes and the final fight seems to drag on. The main characters are all interesting and fully developed. The story its self is a little boring and a bit too much on the nose. He repeats a lot even listening in small amounts. I personally hate trump and know King doesn’t like him either but way too much political talk that pulls you out of the story.