The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,984 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).


  • He did it again

    By brainysalsadancer
    To be honest it took several attempts to start reading the novel. Not sure why it didn’t take because I thoroughly enjoy Stephen King books. However once I did get into to, I couldn’t stop reading. At work or when out with friends, all I could think of was “ when can I get home to continue reading?”
  • Outstanding

    By Tina1matt
    I was immediately drawn into this book when I read it a few months ago. I have been slowly making my way through some of King’s more well-known novels when I kept seeing this one in stores. The storyline is well thought out and keeps you on your toes with good pacing. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships with one another, and it was full of twists that catch you off guard time and time again. I would definitely recommend this to someone.
  • The institute

    By Littledc3
    Not as good as The Stand or Salem’s Lot but still a good book.
  • LOVED IT!!

    By Meems3
    Couldn’t put it down. True Stephen King greatness!
  • The Institute

    Excellent book, multiple outlooks that all come crashing together. Would highly recommend.
  • 2 thumbs up

    By Dugan STD
    Shockingly great, the best book I’ve ever read
  • Great read!

    By Bretward
    I enjoyed this book. Real page turner. Highly recommended.
  • Phenomenon-al!

    By Stumpy_55
    Excellent read, could not put this one down until finished.
  • Classic King

    By cgrafe
    A brilliantly told story as only SK can tell it. Poignant, timely, and thought of King’s best!

    By Hermy Cat
    This has become one of my favorite books. Stephen King is a literary genius. Definitely recommend reading this!