The Institute - Stephen King

The Institute

By Stephen King

  • Release Date: 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 3,415 Ratings



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

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.



  • Not my favorite King book but still loved it

    By DansReadingBooks
  • Great read!

    By MattiaDesign
    It's been a while since I read one of his books, but, after reading The Institute, I remembered why I loved his books so much! I thought it was a great read and really enjoyed it.
  • Couldn’t even finish it

    This book was good at first, but I got so bored I couldn’t even finish it
  • A younger Andy

    By Emmon
    A few days after finishing this book, I began watching The Shawshank Redemption and it struck me that Luke Ellis is in some ways a 12-year old version of Andy Dufresne. (I’m speaking of the movie version of Andy — it’s been a long time since I read King’s story.) Both are smart, a bit shy, and stuck in roach motels, where you can check in but you can’t check out. The only thing they’ve got, besides brains and resilience, are their fellow roaches. Andy made a deep friendship with Red. Luke bonds with a girl named Sha and several others, and to me the heart of the story is in those unions made under fire. I enjoyed every page.
  • Too long

    By Robpath
    Lost interest a third of the way through. Why couldn’t King say what he intended in only 500 pages?
  • Please make another part.

    By Jofiguer
    I just finish reading The Outsider so I was quick to notice any new SK book seating on the bookshelf at lackluster target, I ended up downloading it on iBooks and after just the first few pages I couldn’t put this down, it didn’t matter what I was doing, morning, afternoon, night, I just wanted to read it and maybe that was the problem because I finish it to fast and I wish I had more to read. I’m overall a fan of SK books and look forward to maybe having another part to this, it was hard to say goodbye to the kids,
  • Intuitively Knew I Should Read The Institute

    By pamwilmer
    I’ve greatly enjoyed the Stephen King books I’ve read from cover to cover...although admittedly, I’ve also given up on several that just overwhelmed me with their length and detail. ‘Salem’s Lot was my first, and it scared me crazy. I decided to try The Institute after reading the sample, and I’m glad I did. It captured my complete attention, and when I set it aside, I found myself thinking about characters who actually seemed real, wondering what was about to happen next. As King said, the impossible becomes plausible. The last chapters were my favorites, and it was difficult to say goodbye to Luke, Sha, Nick, and the Avester. I’m glad I read it.
  • Fast and Scary

    By LondonMikeD
    The plausibility of this work makes it one of his scariest novels. It’s a fast and furious read. You won’t put it down.
  • Fabulous!

    By LaV40
    When I saw how many pages this book had I thought I may never get through it. But, like all Stephen King novels, I was captured after the first chapter. It kept me riveted to the end. In fact, like all good books, I hated to see it end. So....on to the next!!
  • First time Stephen king reader - loved this story!

    By wherethewildreadsare
    This is the first Stephen King that I’ve had the opportunity to read & I can assure you that it will not be my last! I flew through this one, stayed up way later than I should have & loved every second of it! While the book is well over 500 pages, it felt like the fastest read. I’m not sure if I can chalk that up to Mr King’s writing style or what but the man is an incredible storyteller! I can’t wait to pick up my next one!