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      Summary: 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.
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      KING, S. The Institute. [electronic resource]. [s. l.]: Scribner, 2019. ISBN 9781982110598. Disponível em: Acesso em: 4 ago. 2020.
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      King S. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Scribner; 2019. Accessed August 4, 2020.
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      King S. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Scribner; 2019. Accessed August 4, 2020.
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      King, S. (2019). The Institute. [electronic resource]. Scribner.
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      King, Stephen. 2019. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Scribner.
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      King, S. (2019) The Institute. [electronic resource]. Scribner. Available at: (Accessed: 4 August 2020).
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      King, S 2019, The Institute. [electronic resource], Scribner, viewed 4 August 2020, .
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      King, Stephen. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Scribner, 2019. EBSCOhost,
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      King, Stephen. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Scribner, 2019.
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      King S. The Institute. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Scribner; 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 4]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 August #1

Over a prolific 40-year writing career most authors only dream about, King has turned almost every one of his novels into a bestseller on the strength of his ability to create sympathetic protagonists facing life-threatening and often otherworldly challenges. Following the tender and mysterious fable, Elevation (2018), King's latest supernatural yarn stays true to his signature focus by featuring a 12-year-old genius named Luke Ellis who's kidnapped and transported to a secret facility known simply as the Institute. As the shock of capture wears off, Luke discovers his fellow inmates are all other adolescents like himself with latent psychic powers—powers that are exploited and enhanced by a team of abusive researchers. When Luke befriends a disenchanted housekeeper, he quickly seizes the opportunity to escape and reveal the Institute's undertakings to the outside world. King devotees will, of course, devour this latest suspenseful page-turner, but any reader looking for a smart thriller about an unusual black ops organization will find this compelling and rewarding. With his usual blend of plot twists and vividly drawn characters, King remains at the top of his game. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Abducted psychic teens, a black ops mission, and narrative magnetism ensure the usual King fever. Be prepared. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 April

Silently whisked away after his parents are murdered, Luke Ellis wakes up in a creepy place called the Institute, surrounded by kids like him with special gifts of telekinesis and telepathy that the sadistic staff want to exploit for the Institute's own purposes. Cooperate, and you get treats; resist, and you are exiled to the "Back Half" and never emerge. Luke just wants to get out, but how? With a 1.25 million-copy first printing, and, yes, you read that correctly.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 July #2

King wows with the most gut-wrenching tale of kids triumphing over evil since It. In a quiet Minnesota neighborhood, intruders kidnap 12-year-old prodigy Luke Ellis and murder his parents. When Luke wakes up, he finds himself in a room identical to his own bedroom, except that he is now a resident of the Institute—a facility that tests telekinetic and telepathic abilities of children. Luke finds comfort in the company of the children in the Front Half: Kalisha, Nick, George, and Avery. Others have graduated to the Back Half, where "kids check in, but they don't check out." The Front Half are promised that they'll be returned to their parents after testing and a visit to Back Half, but Luke becomes suspicious and desperate to get out and get help for the others. However, no child has ever escaped the Institute. Tapping into the minds of the young characters, King creates a sense of menace and intimacy that will have readers spellbound. The mystery of the Institute's purpose is drawn out naturally until it becomes far scarier than the physical abuse visited upon the children. Not a word is wasted in this meticulously crafted novel, which once again proves why King is the king of horror. Agent: Chuck Verrill, Darhansoff & Verrill. (Sept.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.