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The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,609 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It. “This is King at his best” (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

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 another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable, all at once” (The Boston Globe).


  • I need a refund

    By wendizle
    You can’t find the refund any way and when you buy you can’t gift
  • Very good Stephen King book

    By Quetzal S.
    Very good book and one of the best SK books of all time
  • Weird

    By Tankblower
    That’s place in probably under his house lol I just read an interview about this creepy looking bastard raping drew Barrymore in 1984 he was also use to frequent Pedo island with his long time buddy Epstein
  • Phenomenal

    By ZachTCali
    Such a easy read that is x-men type esq characters. Different from Mr.Kings other books but amazing!
  • You won’t be able to stop reading

    By podcastho
    Couldn’t put it down! Amazing read and so suspenseful! I finished in three days because I couldn’t stop reading!
  • Not my favorite King book but still loved it

    By DansReadingBooks
  • Great read!

    By MattiaDesign
    It's been a while since I read one of his books, but, after reading The Institute, I remembered why I loved his books so much! I thought it was a great read and really enjoyed it.
  • Couldn’t even finish it

    This book was good at first, but I got so bored I couldn’t even finish it
  • A younger Andy

    By Emmon
    A few days after finishing this book, I began watching The Shawshank Redemption and it struck me that Luke Ellis is in some ways a 12-year old version of Andy Dufresne. (I’m speaking of the movie version of Andy — it’s been a long time since I read King’s story.) Both are smart, a bit shy, and stuck in roach motels, where you can check in but you can’t check out. The only thing they’ve got, besides brains and resilience, are their fellow roaches. Andy made a deep friendship with Red. Luke bonds with a girl named Sha and several others, and to me the heart of the story is in those unions made under fire. I enjoyed every page.
  • Too long

    By Robpath
    Lost interest a third of the way through. Why couldn’t King say what he intended in only 500 pages?