The Institute

The Institute

Large Print - 2019
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In the middle of the night, in a house in suburban Minneapolis, intruders murder Luke Ellis's parents and load him into a black SUV. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. Other kids with special talents--telekinesis and telepathy--are also here. Some, like Luke, are in Front Half, while others graduated to Back Half. In this most sinister of institutions, the director and her staff attempt to extract from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
Publisher: [Farmington Hills, Mich] : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage company, 2019
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781432870126
Characteristics: 839 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
large print (16 point)


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King is the master and his last book of 2019 enforces that references one of his first books, "Firestarter."

Cheryl W.: "Stephen King’s newest novel reads like old-school King with a kid against a world of mostly evil grown-ups."

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Mar 23, 2020

My first Stephen King novel and I just couldn't say how deeply disappointed I was. Although, I do understand that his genre favors the obscure and fantastic, the story was flat, unbelievable, and good gravy WHY SO LONG? The lengthy details added absolutely nothing of value. King, heralded as one of the best writers of the 20th century, well... it's just somebody's opinion.
This one is a NO for me.

Mar 09, 2020

This was good until a co-worker spoiled it for me. Not all that original but I'm not going to spoil it for others. I've read all his books and his sons' as well. I would suggest it if someone asked.

Feb 26, 2020

Nice study of a basic moral philosophy quandary.

Hillsboro_RobP Feb 10, 2020

The Institute is one of King's better modern works, though it doesn't quite cross over into a game-changer. It's a page-turner with a few of King's minor flaws (weird idioms no longer in use, a strange need to identify every character's attractiveness) but many of his major ones (grotesque detail, spoiling his own plot, taking things in an uncomfortable direction) have been left out.
With a twisting plot and enjoyable characters, the length breezes right by. If you need a kids vs. bad guys book written for adults, this is a strong choice.

Feb 07, 2020

Also my first Stephen King novel. Despite the fact that it was 500+ pages, I did not often feel plagued with unnecessary details. Some parts were drawn out, but for the most part I didn't mind. I found myself eager to find out what happened! This institute abducts children and runs unethical experiments on them to harness their mental powers (telepathy and telekinesis).. given this concept, it was dark but not too dark.

Jan 29, 2020

This is classic SK, harkening back to the days of The Tommyknockers and It. Complete with mischievous foul mouth kids, mad scientists and blue collar heroes. If you’re not one of his fans, I don’t recommend jumping on the bandwagon with this offering as it’s quite long.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 21, 2020

Fans of King will enjoy, but this one won't win over converts.

Jan 17, 2020

My favourite Stephen King book right now. It reminds me of Stranger Things a bit - with the kids and abilities. I love that Stephen King isn't afraid to make R rated novels surrounding kids. I really enjoyed this book, definitely check it out.

Jan 16, 2020

This is the first King novel I've read. The pages seemed to float by despite the 500+ pages. Not a book for everyone. I think I'd rather see the movie rendition.

JessicaGma Jan 06, 2020

A really gripping tale where you just want Luke to get out of the Institute and head home. The kids do end up freeing themselves, but oh my goodness, what a yarn. A definite Stephen king masterpiece, and I am still thinking about the implications today.

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Aug 12, 2019

Coarse Language: Obviously a bit of profanity, since it's a Stephen King book.

May 13, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Minor Frightening Scenes

May 13, 2019

Violence: Minor violence

May 13, 2019

Coarse Language: There are swear words since it's a Stephen King book, but that should NEVER stop children from watching or reading something, as long as they are smart enough to know not to repeat those words.


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Nov 28, 2019

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Aug 12, 2019

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May 13, 2019

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