2020, REVIEW

Review: The Institute

Author: Stephen King
Pages: 561
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪


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.


Character : 8.5/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Writing: 8/10
Plot: 8/10
Intrigue: 8/10
Logic: 8/10
Enjoyment: 9/10

Total: 8.36 which is a high 4 stars

My thoughts

My first thoughts when reading this book was, this is like XMen, but it was more sinister.

I thought it was a really interesting spin on the physic abilities that what you read about. I thought that the Luke was a strong character for a young child. All the children felt like they acted a lot older but that will be the situation they are in and the fact some of them either are extremely clever or had tough lives.

Maureen was a character I also really liked and she made me slightly emotional towards the end.

Tim was a character I liked and found it really interesting the way he was introduced at the beginning and then how his story weaved into the overall plot. It was refreshing to me to have a character like him in a story

I thought the ending of this book was really well done. I usually have a hit and miss relationship with Stephen Kings writing but this one I really did enjoy

-Happy Reading

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