After sitting on this review for a few days now, I've wrestled with how much to say, and I feel like "less is more" will be key in this scenario. The synopsis gives a distinct feel of kids facing an evil entity (in this case an institution), which is correct, but the focus is more on the journey that the kids experience, with a small bit of intense action closing out the story. After being enthralled for almost 600 pages, my only real ...more
“Great events turn on small hinges.”
I think very few people will claim that The Institute is one of King's best works, but I, for one, think it's up there with some of his most entertaining.
The Institute takes a very familiar plot - the plot of a few thousand YA novels, it has to be said - and adds in King's trademark detailed characterization, long-winded but still enjoyable storytelling, and no small amount of fodder for conspiracy theorists everywhere. There's kids with special powers ...more
I need time to get my sh*t together after this.
I have such a difficult time formulating 'reviews' of King's work. As in a full review may never come.
I accept this and it's okay.
Reads synopsis whilst at work:
An all new 500+ page book from the KING!!!!
My favorite author.
Released just in time for my birthday.
Comparisons made to Firestarter.
I am overwhelmed with enthusiasm for this!
WHERE IS MY COPY!?!?
WHERE IS MY MAIL PERSON!?!?
My ritual is simple. I pray for several things starting with better eyesight (Dear King always like to write encyclopedic sized books which I also used in my training sessions. I lift “The Stand” and “Dark Tower series” 50 times till my arms turned into jellies but now I got an amazing look. Some people ...more
In the past 10 years I feel like only Sleeping Beauties and Doctor Sleep have felt as much like classic King as The Institute. Many of the elements in this book are tropes straight from his early days: youth relationships (The Body, IT, The Long Walk), children with extraordinary powers (Carrie, The Shining, Firestarter), mysterious evil (The Stand, The Long Walk, The Tommyknockers, Christine), really despicable bad guys (Misery, IT), and a minor male protagonist reminiscent of Stu ...more
What can I tell you about “The Institute?” Besides the fact that it’s a phenomenal read and the narrator is fantastic?!
I simply adored the character development! It’s something that I think Stephen King excels in. His writing draws you in like a toasted bagel with butter, that you can’t wait to sink your teeth into. Here, King features a large cast of characters, some of whom have been stolen away from home, and now reside in “The Institute.”
Luke Ellis was taken ...more
Many thanks to Scribner for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review
[12/10/19] - Congratulations, Stephen King, on winning the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Horror!
”Great events turn on small hinges.”
I knew it. I was right. Institutes are always evil. That said, I didn’t expect them to be this evil.
So, what’s this book about?
Stephen King’s Institute follows Luke, a twelve-year-old genius who has been captured by The Institute. Luke is now being held against his ...more
King had me at the very beginning when Tim Jamieson out of the blue decides to give up his seat on a flight and decides to hitch hike instead. He's not quite sure why he has chosen to do this, but he has and off he goes on a walk that takes him to a small town where he takes a job as a Night Knocker (a job his grandfather once had). He's overqualified for the job but decides to ...more
Okay, because I’m twelve and not the old beat up chic that I am, I love these kids and this quote:
"Stick your nose up my ass and fight for air, "Luke said, and began to laugh.
They just keep coming. It’s one of those have to be there moments. They are trying to find some happiness in the horrific situation they are in
Helen whacked the table, sending cards flying. "Oh God I’m peeing myself, gross, don’t look!" And she went running, almost knocking George over as he cane...more
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones…it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. -- Matthew, Chapter 18It’s good to be King. As Stephen King well knows, 2019 is a banner year for him, with written ...more
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the United States. Most are found. Thousands are not.
Great events turn on small hinges.
Deep in the woods of Maine, there is a facility where kids, abducted from all across America, are incarcerated.
Oh man, starting a new King just feels like coming home after a long day and wrapping yourself in a huge blanket... It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about King’s writing that evokes such feelings, but if I could bottle it up and sell these feelings, I would, because everyone needs to experience it!
We all know that King does kids best. From the ...more
The Institute thrills unevenly, taking a long time to power up, but once the wheels are in motion it's a rollercoaster ride all the way to the finish. Luke Ellis, 12-year-old brainiac, is the perfect protagonist to showcase the vulnerability and capability of kids. He's the kind of character you root for and fear for. The villains, too, are well-drawn and scary in realistic, human ...more
What I didn't love? I listened to this on Audible last week and it was 600 pages of child torture that was simply relentless, just so dark. I know to expect this from King but I just felt heavier and heavier as I listened. It wasn't titillating and scary as much as horrific ...more
The Institute was a solid 5 read for me. Immediately engaged by the “night knocker” and his backstory, part of the suspense was waiting on his path to cross with our prodigy. Luke and the others in the Institute are ...more
There we learn more about Tim's eventful previous life and meet some crazy good people of the night....like homeless Orphan Annie, my favorite.
As SK states in his author notes, THE INSTITUTE is mostly about kids, and with a group of exceptionally gifted kidnapped...more
The setting was interesting, the characters engaging and realistic (as usual with King) and the plot intriguing. 5 star material.
Unfortunately, the last part let me down a bit. It seemed kind of rushed, he could've easily added 50 more pages or so. I just wasn't as invested anymore once the showdown started because everything felt a little more distant. Less like I was there with the characters than in the beginning of this story.
Overall still a very ...more
After the thinly-veiled-political-stance-marketed-as-a-novella that was Elevation, Stephen King returns to form with his most thought-provoking book since Revival. You're going to see loads of people, Trumpkins and anti-Trumpers alike, complaining or cheering over FIVE. FUCKING. SENTENCES. in a 560 page book. It truly is as ridiculous as it sounds, and that's coming from a guy (*waves* talking about me) who lost his fucking mind ...more
The audiobook was 18 hours and 19 minutes long.
The narrator, Santino Fontana, was superb as the reader for Stephen King’s new sinister novel.
I actually liked the ‘reader’ of this book - more than I did the overall story.
The plot moved along slow —
but I adored the characters.
I enjoyed the individuality of each of the kids... and many of the adult characters.
The kids each had some unique gifts.
The friendships were heartwarming.
Many thanks to Mr. King and his publisher for the advance copy.
Uncle Steve's still got it! I know the hype train has been hot for this one but I kept myself in check.
...but it's warranted folks.
The Institute was a fast paced thriller from the beginning to the end and I really loved this one. The characters were fantastic, the writing was great and the whole plot was well thought out.
The Institute starts off with introducing us to Tim Jamieson. I wasn't quite sure where this character's arc was going to go in the beginning, but I'm glad I kept ...more
I got a surprise and it was a pleasant one. This book starts well and actually holds up. There are already a ton of reviews telling what happens so I'll gloss over all that and just pretty much say this was goooooood.
It didn't ...more
I found the portrayal of the kids in the book disturbing and bothersome. At times it seemed like King was painting them as "mini-adults." I also thought he fell into his occasional trap of banal writing and dialogue. I was so looking forward to this novel because I loved the premise, but in the end, I just did not care for how all the elements were handled by the author.
My favorites have always been his earlier stuff, but I've never actually disliked any of his new stuff, so there's always that. :)
And then this one comes around, hooking me from the very start, and managing to improve upon Firestarter, going the full YA dystopian route while also making me so invested that I wanted to scream.
This is Supreme King. I LIKE these kids. I love the story! And I especially love the twist that makes it all so ...more
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