Books | Fiction / Thrillers / Suspense
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).
Simon and Schuster
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"Unbearably tense moments throughout are brought to life with a vivid sense of anxiety. I especially enjoyed how well realized the small-town scenes were. I’m generally torn by how much, and how often, King favors the parts rather than the whole. Because of this, I'm often wanting a bit more in terms of fleshed-out mythology and climax wow-factor."
"This book has made me fall in love with the writing of Stephen King. The way the story is told makes everything so unexpected and the descriptions of the characters, settings and objects is absolutely phenomenal. By the 450th page, however, I began to lose interest but that doesn’t take away from how much thought was put into every little detail in this book. Less of a horror—in my opinion— and more of an action/thriller(?). Still, amazing book that I would highly suggest reading!"