The Institute [electronic resource] / Stephen King

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    • Abstract:
      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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    • ABNT:
      KING, S.; FONTANA, S. The Institute. [electronic resource]. [s. l.]: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019. ISBN 9781508279075. Disponível em: Acesso em: 26 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      King S, Fontana S. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio; 2019. Accessed May 26, 2020.
    • APA:
      King, S., & Fontana, S. (2019). The Institute. [electronic resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      King, Stephen, and Santino Fontana. 2019. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio.
    • Harvard:
      King, S. and Fontana, S. (2019) The Institute. [electronic resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio. Available at: (Accessed: 26 May 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      King, S & Fontana, S 2019, The Institute. [electronic resource], Simon & Schuster Audio, viewed 26 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      King, Stephen, and Santino Fontana. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      King, Stephen, and Santino Fontana. The Institute. [Electronic Resource]. Simon & Schuster Audio, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      King S, Fontana S. The Institute. [electronic resource] [Internet]. Simon & Schuster Audio; 2019 [cited 2020 May 26]. Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2020 January #1

King's gripping adventure/survival tale is ably served by Fontana's reading. While characters vary widely in age and regional dialects, he voices each distinctly. Twelve-year-old Luke is kidnapped to The Institute, isolated in the Maine wilderness, where kids as young as ten are being tested for paranormal potential in telekinesis and telepathy. They may never be seen again following brutal training and punishments, or conform and graduate from Front Half for development to Back Half. Fontana easily depicts the characters, some naïve; some venal, with suitably deeper voices suggesting hidden agendas; and some with varying depths of Southern accents. Boys range credibly from terrified to seemingly cavalier under the thumb of sinister Mrs. Sigsby, Director and villain, a ruthless ‘zealot,' her artifice so convincingly conveyed that listeners may wince. Orphan Annie, a small-town, homeless pseudo-psychic, is among the more engaging characters with her quasi-hillbilly speech and whip-smart capabilities a pleasure to hear. King's authorship will doubtless attract many. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 December

Narrator Santino Fontana brings King's (The Outsider) latest parapsychological thriller to life with dramatic skill that creates mood and tone. Late one night, a Minneapolis home is invaded. The parents are ruthlessly murdered; Luke, their precociously gifted tween son, is then kidnapped by a secretive government agency and taken to the Institute. There he will be the subject of torturous experiments designed to strengthen his mild telekinetic ability in order to weaponize him. The children and teens he befriends there and how they ultimately triumph make for a stay-up-all-night-to-finish read and prove yet again King's ability to create richly textured characters and a story featuring themes of conspiracy theory, child abuse, the occult, and Deep State malevolence. VERDICT Recommended for confirmed King fans and an excellent entry point to the author.—David Faucheux, Lafayette, LA

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