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The Institute

(The Institute #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,349 ratings  ·  269 reviews
Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 7th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kayla Howarth
Jan 07, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-stuff
***UPDATE April, 2016***
A complete proofread/re-edit of The Institute has been done and files updated.

I'm really excited for the release of this book! Many hours hunched over my laptop went into this, allowing me to achieve something I never thought possible of me.
I hope you enjoy meeting my characters as much as I enjoyed creating them.
They are watching your every move. Be normal, very normal, because even an act of selfless bravery can expose you to THE INSTITUTE and it will be the end of your life as you know it.
Allira Daniels knows how to stay under the radar of The Institute. Her brother is a Defective according to the Institute, a threat to humanity that must be put away. The truth is, Shilah possesses a special gift, one that could be a blessing to the world, but instead, he must be hidden in fear.

Little did Allira know
This book really did surprise me. I was drawn to this book from the first page.the mystery about the Institute was really intruguing. It became much more intresting after knowing about the Institute and how they worked for the "defectives".

i found Allira's character very strong.she was willing to do anything to save her brother from going to the Institute.
I liked Drew from the beginning,even when he hurt Allira,because he was doing the same thing Allira ended up doing at last. So there was no
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
3.5 Stars!
This was a bit different than expected, good but different. Full review to come.
Melissa Craven
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
If you love strong female MCs, and cliffhangers that make you want to find out where the author lives, The Institute is for you.
I'll say it. Dystopian has been done to death and I was leery of picking up yet another one, but this book captured my interest within the first few pages and never let go.
With Allira, we get what is so absent today in YA. We get a real girl, with real issues and insecurities; but it's the way she faces a challenge that really made me stand up and take notice. Allira
The first few chapters where kind of interesting. The world where Allira lives in is explained. Defective people are being hunted by the Institute and put away to learn how to handle their abilities. Her brother is also defective and her dad and Allira are trying to hide that for the intitute. They move constantly to prevent someone from figuring this out. Then Allira meets Drew and saves him from a car crash. Then the whole story collapses and gets sooooo boring I almost gave up on the book. NO ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from the author, In exchange for an honest review.)

Allira was an okay character. I felt quite sorry for her a few times.

The pacing was a bit slow at first, but after a while it picked up, and it was fine.
Despite the slow start, the story kept my interest fine, and overall, it was an okay read.
Katerina Turner
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Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to author Kayla Howarth.)

This was an okay story, but I did lose interest as the book went on.

Allira was an okay character, but the pace in this book was just too slow for me, and I kept wanting to stop reading. I felt like not a lot really happened, which might have been down to the pace, but it was like the book had only just started to get going when it ended (with a bit of a cliff-hanger).

6 out of 10
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 21, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I got a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Institute as a whole felt like a combination of several dystopian novels. The premise itself was interesting, but you feel like you have read it before. Nevertheless, the fast pacing will urge you to keep reading. It’s action packed, with drama, romance, and humor thrown in the mix. My greatest concern with it was the first ten chapters; it was slower than the rest of the novel, and the characters’ reactions are inconsistent. There w
C.P. Cabaniss
This is probably more of a 2.5 for me.

While I found portions of the story enjoyable (a bit similar to other novels I've read), The pacing was a bit off and I was confused in the beginning. Things just seemed to happen out of nowhere. One minute Allira seems smart, the next she's about to repeat all of her past mistakes.

I don't think it was a terrible book and I think it has potential, I just had a hard time connecting with the characters. There wasn't enough character building for my tastes I
John Hennessy
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
"You always fear what you don't understand."

- Carmine Falcone, Batman Begins.

Any dystopian tale is immediately going to be compared to The Hunger Games and the Divergent series.

There are immediate and noticeable parallels with these two giants of YA fiction, but also new and interesting layers that the author has weaved into her story.

A new novelist can have a great idea in their head, but it needs fleshing out on paper and on screen, and for those of us who have written books, we can fully unde
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Patrick Hodges
I was given a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author and Sarah :)

Allira Daniels is desperate to keep her younger Defective brother safe from the Institute. Ever since the family found about his Defect,they have been shifting place to place to seek safety from their utmost fear--the Institute,a place where they help the Defectives find a 'cure' for their dangerous ability. One little suspicious act could lead her brother straight to the Institute,so they
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I go to shut my door when I hear Chad say, "Oh, I just banged your wife." He turns to me and winks, and I burst into laughter.

And that was the exact moment that I decided that I loved Chad. The comment is aimed at Drew and as much as I want to hate Drew there is still a part of me that keeps been drawn to him (damn them bad boys).This book had a wonderful cast of characters and I loved them all and thought that they were all very well done. I loved Tate and hope that they are going to be able to
Tom Benson
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sci-Fi is not my first genre of choice, but I am content to read and review any genre if it holds up in certain areas. I want to see a good plot, believable characters, natural dialogue, clear imagery, and a well-told story. In effect, I want to see good creative writing.
How much of my reading criteria did I discover in this futuristic story of a divided society?
I’m looking forward to reading the sequel. This tale was pure entertainment. As a bonus, I think the cover design is very clever too.
(I received a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

Okay, so this is a hard one for me. You know, some books manage to grab your attention from the first chapter, and others take a longer time, you find yourself halfway through the book and suddenly you can't put it down. Well, this is not how it went with this book. I've actually never been so frustrated and angry than after reading the "prologue". To me, it wasn't a prologue at all, it had barely any exposition, and s
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I really liked this book, like really really liked it.

But it finished too quickly :(

I think what made this book one of my favs is that how real it was...

Yes I know how can people with "super powers" be real?

But I felt like the characters were real and the RELATIONSHIPS were real.
I get so sick of YA novels where the girl and boy fall in love then he does something wrong but apologises and then its all lovey dovey again. *BARF

This book, when the boy does something wrong she actually ge
Lesley Hayes
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much. I like science fiction, especially when it plays with ideas and imagined futures and also presents a believable scenario, with characters full of depth and substance. Although this was a book aimed at a YA readership, I was able to relate fully to the emotions and moral dilemmas of Allira, the teenage narrator of the story. She describes in the Institute much of what is prevalent already in society. It reminded me too of certain ‘religious’ and corporate organisation ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book, loved the way Kayla Howarth writes.

Really connected well with Allira. my favourite characters were Tate & Chad, definitely there was just something about them that completely appealed to me.

In short this story is about categorising people into 'Normal' & 'Defective' Defective means that each person has a paranormal ability, which the law states have to be captured and placed in confinement called the 'insti
R.K. Gold
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There really is not much to dislike about this book. It has everything you are looking for in a YA novel, with terrific pacing and a bit of humor tossed into the mix. Allira and her brother Shilah are both defective, which means they have a gene giving them mutant powers (think X-men).

What Howarth does so well with this work. While she is writing about a world where people are able to have fantastic (and not so fantastic) super powers she still makes it about the characters themselves and not th
Leigh Mitchell
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the epitome of I-thought-I-had-it-all-figured-out-but-plot-twist.

At first I was confused but by the time I got to the end of chapter two/start of chapter three, I was hooked and there was no turning back.

First of all, let me just say that Allira is that fiesty girl that belongs in every novel. I love this character!

I've never read a book that made me feel so connected with a character like I did with Allira. I felt all of her emotions, strongly.

The premise of the novel is one th
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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NOTE: The author provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If I could say one thing about Kayla Howarth’s The Institute, it would be that this novel grows on you. It may take some time to get through the first ten or so chapters but after that, you will be hooked.

The Institute is the first installment of yet another young adult dystopian series. A pandemic has swept the world destroying half of the population. Travel is prohibited t
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite being predictable, this book was enjoyable.

I thought the plot was good. Disease, cure, cure causes weird stuff, blah blah blah. Sign me up! And being Defective was intriguing. And some characters have neat abilities, albeit familiar (Peter Petrelli). Allira was all right. The profanity was unnecessary, but okay some of the time. World building was lacking, but characters enjoyable. Plus, it was free!


Yet there were downsides to the story.

Allira is a nice character, but she was too reckles
Patrick Hodges
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Joining strong YA dystopian heroines like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior is Kayla Howarth's Allira Daniels, who lives in a world whose population has been devastated. The governments of the world have sealed their borders, and they maintain that the greatest threat to humanity are "defectives", people born with supernatural abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Allira has spent her life on the run with her father and her younger brother Shilah, who is a Defective. They must hide him in plain sight, or
Eric Lahti
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are plenty of twists and turns in The Institute; the story is engaging and keeps you pondering the large questions about exactly what you would do if you were dropped into a situation where you had to work with the people you hated or suffer the dire consequences. If you were abducted by government forces, dropped in a jail, tortured, and told your family would suffer if you failed to work with your abductors, what would you do? Would you grudgingly work with the people who imprisoned and ...more
A.A. Jankiewicz
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was already eager to read The Institute just based on the premise alone and I was hooked when I began reading. The author does a great job of writing in first person, allowing the reader to get into Allira’s head and to see the world through her own eyes. At times, it as though I were interacting with another person and not just a character which was how well written she was. This was not to say at all that the other character did not have the amount of depth that the protagonist did. Each one ...more
Okay, I read this in a few hours which isn't unusual for me but this book just hooked me straight off!

I like the main character shes likeable but also isn't perfect. Something many authors force on readers. Drew well I am afraid I am still on team Drew, the characrer is complex. Chad is well boring, I didn't feel any chemistry between them and yet the author pushes for it... If anyone was going to be in a love-triangle it should have been Tate!

Tate is actually my favourite, uh please rescue him
Anthony Randall
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This eloquently written tale portrayed in a alternate dystopian world where the next stage of human evolution is repressed and outlawed rather than kindled and nurtured, is narrated through the thoughts and actions of an eighteen year old girl embroiled within the societies processing or should I say mis-processing of its emerging mutant citizens.
Its flawless script flows seamlessly through the pages like a valley stream meandering silkily over a soft pebble bed, occasionally disturbed by prot
P.S. Mokha
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before launching into specifics, I should point out that I read this book in under 24 hours. It was hard to put down… and not because my e-reader has glue spilt on the cover ;-)

The Institute, by Kayla Howarth is a fast-paced dystopian which initially felt like Divergent, with elements of mystery, romance and a desire to protect those we love.

However, as the story unfolded, it was more diverse, with its own originality. Fans of young adult fiction will find this a winner, with twists and turns t
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