The Institute (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Well, he's back at it with a cast of misfit kids coming together to overcome evil. Shades of Firestarter with all the thrilling and intense telekinesis these kids display, also a little reminiscent of The Body (which became the film Stand By Me). King delves into a covert government agency which is kidnapping children. Luke Ellis is the super-intelligent young hero of this book who uses his smarts to save both himself and his friends in this page-turner. Don't be daunted by the heft of the novel, it is a fast read. Don't want to give any spoilers but, as with most recent Stephen King books, he has his literary groove on and doesn't disappoint!

— Kim B.


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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781432870126
ISBN-10: 1432870122
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2019
Language: English