The Institute

By Stephen King

The Institute - Stephen King
  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 5,118 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).


  • Book written for illiterate orphans

    By Shensational01
    Sad attempt at a conspiracy story. World building showed initial progress that was wasted by flat and inconsistent characters. The plot plays out like an elementary schooler’s wish fulfillment revenge fantasy. I read this book to finally read a book by Steven King, and regretted every moment of it.
  • Amazing

    By kplantz52321
    Very well written. Couldn’t put it down. Read it in a week.
  • Amazing

    By Jennifer Joseph
    I’m 20 years old and I probably haven’t picked up a pleasure book since middle school. I used to be such an avid reader and missed that good book feeling. This novel relit the flames for my passion for reading and I’m already on to the next. I just wanted to say thank you to the author and to anyone reading this review, I’d probably give you one of those “love it, or your money back guaranteed” type deals if I could!
  • Exceptional

    By dilfhuntermadie
    This is my first Stephen King book I have read and oh boy will it not be my last. I’ve never read a book with such tasteful writing and concise plot lines with complete resolutions. I’m completely drawn back and am excited to drive into more of his works!
  • Perfection

    By Shamilton818
    This book was emotional but in the best ways. Literal perfection
  • Awesome Read

    By DJ 2 Timez
    This book was phenomenal extremely difficult to put down. I highly recommend this book! I look forward to revisiting this one in the future.
  • Decent but not the best

    By Starbucks•••
    I kept waiting and waiting for the story to get better… I felt like it was a tad predictable and during and after climax I didn’t feel like I even needed to finish the story. The concept is interesting but execution could have been better. Left me feeling meh.
  • Outstanding

    By Lacaredo
    It was simply an amazing book. Got me on my toes worse than a perfect suspense movie. Highly recommend it.
  • Another amazing story by King

    By jillhardy2
    I’ve never been disappointed by Stephen King’s writing—his imagination sometimes gives me the creepy crawlies—but his writing is always excellent. I never want to put the story down until I’m finished. It’s watching a movie in my head. Scary, and hopefully the story won’t come true!
  • Couldn’t put down

    By spinmomma25
    This is the first Stephen King book I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed. By the time I got to chapter 2 I was immersed. (The book is in chapters with subchapters) I liked how it was written with flashbacks and parallel story lines. Kept my mind working & trying to figure out how it was going to go! It was a great read.