The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,455 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the most riveting and unforgettable story of kids confronting evil since It—publishing just as the second part of It, the movie, lands in theaters.

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 Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.


  • Amazing

    By TiffTiff32
    couldn’t put it down!
  • Really entertaining

    By jrcd555
    I could’ve done without the political slams, but a difference in opinion won’t deter me from appreciating a fun book.
  • Polarization

    By julienebee
    It was a great read, I just wish he would have left politics out. I read to get away from all that.
  • Loved!

    By MJW6506
    Thank you again Mr. King for the many hours of entertainment you’ve provided through the years and again the past few days with this latest saga. I look forward to the next one.
  • Well dome

    By P00h0l3
    5 stars because I can’t give 4.5. Overall a wonderful read but I did feel like it droned on a bit here and there. Other than that, a cool story and like able characters.
  • Vintage king

    By rchrd59
    Very familiar king style which nothing wrong with that subplots and main plot all intertwined very engaging and disturbing content concerning children not your vampire monster story but the cruelty of mankind but who better if you like stepan king you will like this book
  • Disgusting

    By §§§]][[££
    This book is horrendous, ugly, poorly written, and just plain boring. The plot makes no sense, the characters are boring and shallow, and the writing is so bad I barely know what’s going on, and I’m a reading teacher. I do not recommend this book at all.
  • The King is Back!

    By Tiger Woods Sr
    Absolutely fantastic story. I found myself picking it up to only read a few chapters but that’s impossible with this book. You pick it up and immediately sink in to the world that King masterfully created. Well done!
  • The institute

    By Mollystr
    Great read! I couldn’t put it down!
  • The institute

    By chukle head
    I waited all summer for this book. It had me from hello. Thank you Mr king for the ride.