The Institute, by Stephen King (Book, Review): Tipstor® Pick

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

  • Published: September 10, 2019
  • Author: Stephen King
  • Genre(s): Horror fiction, Thriller, Suspense, Psychological Fiction
  • Award(s): Goodreads Choice Awards Best Horror
  • Hardcover: 576 pages

Summary: 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. Luke learns, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”

As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of ItThe Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.



Another banger from our Dark Lord. Stephen King’s voice is present and engaging in this hearty thriller. While not as horrific as some of his other novels, this is just as addicting. This one has a steady build and is impossible to put down. Two thumbs way up. One cannot read The Institute without being reminded of some of the less-than-ideal circumstances many children face today near certain boarders. However, this book sweeps broad in its impact and is not limited to any certain circumstance.


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