The Institute
Page turning

The Institute A Novel

Stephen King2019
A NEW YORK TIMES 100 NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2019 SELECTION 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.
Sign up to use


Photo of Jacqueline Englund
Jacqueline Englund@jackiereads
5 stars
Feb 6, 2023
Photo of Midori Kobayashi
Midori Kobayashi@snortingpages
4 stars
Jan 22, 2023
Photo of Taylor Nuzzolo
Taylor Nuzzolo@taynuzz
4 stars
Jan 20, 2023
Photo of Jeff James
Jeff James@unsquare
4 stars
Jan 3, 2023
Photo of Felipe Saldarriaga
Felipe Saldarriaga @felipesaldata
5 stars
Jan 3, 2023
Photo of Omar Fernandez
Omar Fernandez@omareduardo
4 stars
Nov 25, 2022
Page turning
Photo of Beatriz Pereira
Beatriz Pereira@biatiiz
3 stars
Nov 9, 2022
Photo of Mark-Olivier
3 stars
Nov 4, 2022
Photo of joe
5 stars
Oct 1, 2022
Photo of Mary Garza
Mary Garza@maryherondale
4 stars
Sep 20, 2022
Photo of James Eaton
James Eaton@jameseaton
5 stars
Sep 1, 2022
Photo of Esslam Ben Ramadan
Esslam Ben Ramadan@esslamben
5 stars
Aug 31, 2022
Photo of Alfredo santos
Alfredo santos@alf
4 stars
Aug 26, 2022
Photo of alina s
alina s@asupernova
2 stars
Aug 23, 2022
Photo of Sian Wadey-Kerr
Sian Wadey-Kerr@sianwadeykerr
4 stars
Aug 12, 2022
Photo of Shan
4 stars
Aug 12, 2022
Photo of Celeste Richardson
Celeste Richardson@cecereadsandsings
5 stars
Aug 11, 2022
Photo of Clara Moore
Clara Moore@beingmybestshelf
4 stars
Aug 5, 2022
Photo of isa.
3 stars
Jul 31, 2022
Photo of Ashutosh
4 stars
Jun 28, 2022
Photo of Jessika Rucker
Jessika Rucker@jessikarucker
4 stars
Jun 14, 2022
Photo of Yulande Lindsay
Yulande Lindsay@lande5191
5 stars
Jun 6, 2022
Photo of Aysenur O.
Aysenur O.@okuryazarcizer
5 stars
Apr 2, 2022
Photo of Jade Lee
Jade Lee@jadelee97
5 stars
Mar 24, 2022


Photo of Juan Sebastian Perniola
Juan Sebastian Perniola@trancoz