The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 4,596 Ratings


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).


  • Builds and builds and builds and blows your mind.

    By LunchPailD11
    Great book. Another classic of building a story/characters that unravels before you. Always struggle with how long his books are but this one is worth to read till the end!
  • Must read

    By @56stfu
    Great book, I really enjoyed it!
  • Great book

    By Nick.o98
    This book kept me on edge wanting to read all day and night long. I would definitely recommend this book.
  • Gripping

    By lrhines1
    That’s the word that I’d use to describe this book. The beginning is slow (as is with any good story) but once you get to know the characters it’s very easy to get into and the story keeps a hold of you. Definitely worth investing the time into.
  • Lazy writing, outdated dialog.

    By Max2917
    The story is flimsy and recycled, filled with gaping plot holes, and stars a genius who never does anything genius. The kids’ dialog and pop culture references are decades out of date, and anything computer-related is so unrealistic that it’s silly.
  • Great read

    By dbeb168
    Excellent read, kept me going throughout!!!
  • Finished in 2 days

    By ChrisieT29
    Loved it! Relatable characters, in depth emotion.
  • Outstanding

    By Chaalie484
    Probably my favorite of all the Stephen King books I’ve read so far. If you haven’t given it a chance yet, do so.
  • 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.