The Institute - Book Review

Title - The Institute

Author - Stephen King

Page Count - 482

Read Dates - 1.01.2020 - 31.01.2020

Synopsis - Luke is kidnapped in the middle of the night, only to wake up in The Institute, a private facility where children are tested upon in an attempt to enhance their telekinetic or telepathic powers.

The Institute by Stephen King. The cover features a blue background, with a boy rowing in a small boat.
The Institute - Credit Ashleigh Nicole

May contain spoilers

My thoughts - I loved this. The story was fascinating, a really interesting concept. The tone was tense and gripping, and I constantly wanted to know what was going to happen next. I found myself so gripped at one point, that I had tight hold of my ear lobe, and it was sore afterward. I know that's odd, but if you've read the book, you'll know which part I mean!

I even found myself dreaming of secret government facilities that I was locked up in! Of course, as we find out, it isn't really the government in the end. The story and attachment built between the kids and Tim - and even Annie - is very emotive.

Writing young children from a grown-up perspective - by that I mean that poor Luke has to become a grown-up essentially, to deal with the situation he is in - is genius, and very well done. King doesn't write the character as though he's a child who behaves like a grown-up, but like a child who is forced into being a grown-up.

I loved the quote "Do it fast or you're dead. This isn't playin boys. You're in the South now"

Overall I would give this book 5/5

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