The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,069 Ratings

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It.

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 Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


  • Intuitively Knew I Should Read The Institute

    By pamwilmer
    I’ve greatly enjoyed the Stephen King books I’ve read from cover to cover...although admittedly, I’ve also given up on several that just overwhelmed me with their length and detail. ‘Salem’s Lot was my first, and it scared me crazy. I decided to try The Institute after reading the sample, and I’m glad I did. It captured my complete attention, and when I set it aside, I found myself thinking about characters who actually seemed real, wondering what was about to happen next. As King said, the impossible becomes plausible. The last chapters were my favorites, and it was difficult to say goodbye to Luke, Sha, Nick, and the Avester. I’m glad I read it.
  • Fast and Scary

    By LondonMikeD
    The plausibility of this work makes it one of his scariest novels. It’s a fast and furious read. You won’t put it down.
  • Fabulous!

    By LaV40
    When I saw how many pages this book had I thought I may never get through it. But, like all Stephen King novels, I was captured after the first chapter. It kept me riveted to the end. In fact, like all good books, I hated to see it end. So....on to the next!!
  • First time Stephen king reader - loved this story!

    By wherethewildreadsare
    This is the first Stephen King that I’ve had the opportunity to read & I can assure you that it will not be my last! I flew through this one, stayed up way later than I should have & loved every second of it! While the book is well over 500 pages, it felt like the fastest read. I’m not sure if I can chalk that up to Mr King’s writing style or what but the man is an incredible storyteller! I can’t wait to pick up my next one!
  • First Experience with the King

    By Shelleylou
    Loved it! After I finished, I read summaries of about 15 other SK novels and just downloaded five. Confident they will be just as good! Looking forward to reading them all.
  • Excellent

    By RonNH
    As usual, Steven King gives us another great read. Hopefully, it will be come a movie.
  • Classic King

    By M4CAN2
    Excellent read. Solid plot and a few current political undertones. Loved it. Definitely recommend!
  • Not that good.

    By Discerning Reader
    Not one of his best, too long, needed tightening.
  • Best King book I’ve ever read

    By Benjamin K.E.
    This is one of my favorite King novels of all time. Unlike many of his other books–of which I still enjoy–I could not put this book down. I HAD to know what happened to the characters!
  • Teriible

    By Critoefur
    King used to be may favorite author, but sadly, he is washed up and needs to retire. This was mind dulling garbage, with a thinly veiled push for the liberal agenda. Save it for twitter, and head out to pasture. Your time is up.