The Institute

The Institute
The Institute
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Published: 10 September 2019
Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a dark state facility where kids, abducted from across the United States, are incarcerated. In the Institute they are subjected to a series of tests and procedures meant to combine their exceptional gifts - telepathy, telekinesis - for concentrated effect. Luke Ellis is the latest recruit. He's just a regular 12-year-old, except he's not just smart, he's super-smart. And he has another gift which the Institute wants…

After reading this synopsis, I just knew I wanted to read this book as soon as it came out. I pre-ordered this one on the 23rd July, with a release date of September 10th. Seeing as it needed to be shipped to the Netherlands from the UK, I had to wait until September 15th, before I finally had the book in my hands.

King’s magic is in his characters, and this one is no exception. The story mainly revolves around Luke Ellis, a twelve-year-old with a brain the size of New York and an institution where more children are being kept than one can imagine with a classic Stephen King twist. ⁣

This book has kept me enthralled in the story from the first page onward. King taps into particular darkness in this book, but it’s levied by hope. ⁣This book was dark, fast-paced, crazy, and entertaining. This is for sure one of the most thrilling books centred on children since IT. The development of the kids’ abilities and characters added greatly to the enjoyment. The book kept me up late for a few nights straight but it was well worth it! Overall, a thrilling read!

The Institute was an absolute pleasure to read, With moments of heartbreak nicely balanced with fist-pumping action sequences and deft sweetness. King shows, again, why he is the king of horror, and my absolute all-time favourite writer. ⁣

Another winner for Stephen King but instead of horror, a mystery-thriller with lots of evil characters and some psychic phenomena. As always, King brings back memories of old….remember candy cigarettes (yum!), “prehistoric” (lol) sitcoms like Bewitched and Happy Days, and once again, he also gets in some personal political digs about current Republican leadership. The only reference to his other novels I picked up was mention of “twins of an old horror movie” (The Shining) and The Outsider(s).

GREAT story – GREAT characters – a GREAT read, but personally I wanted more of Tim Jamieson and the people of the night!

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