The Institute by Stephen King
Length: 576 pages
Audiobook Length: 18 hours and 59 minutes
First Published: 2019
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’ 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 10-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.
Quotes from The Institute
It came to him, with the force of a revelation, that you had to have been imprisoned to fully understand what freedom was.
Around and around it went, and what was round had no point, any fool knew that.
Great events turn on small hinges.
It was so simple, but it was a revelation: what you did for yourself was what gave you the power.
About Stephen King
Stephen King is the bestselling author of more than 58 novels and 6 nonfiction books. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the National Medal of Arts. Visit the author’s website →