The Institute – Book Review
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, thriller, mystery
My rating: ★★★★☆
Release Date: Published 10th September, 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
Format: Hard back, 485 pages
What did I think?
This was my aha moment regarding Stephen King. I hadn’t placed him in the writers I didn’t like category—not at all—but I had only read ‘On writing’ (which was non-fiction) and ‘The Dead Zone’, and that was fair. ‘The Institute’ really is an excellent tale.
It’s long novel, yet I didn’t complain all the way through. Amazing 😛 It’s well crafted from characters to plot. King wove two story threads together SO well. Wow. There were many people in this book I liked and got behind, including the child protagonist, Luke.
Luke is a genius about to start two colleges concurrently when he was snatched away to The Institute. Things are rough there. Frightening, though not in a bloody way. You can find out exactly what’s happening at The Institute by reading the novel, but I will place a few spoilers below, for those who have read this already.
(Sorry, I’ve removed them. But you can choose to read the spoilers in my review published on Goodreads)
I’ve come out of ‘The Institute’ not as a die-hard King fan (yet) but certainly in awe of the fact that’s he’s a terrific storyteller who writes solid novels, and as a person who will read more from him. No doubt. I mean, see how it was nearly 500 pages long, and I only mentioned it once? (Well, sure, it’s twice now!) There’s something down to earth about his writing. It’s darn good. And I thoroughly enjoyed his references to US politics – Clinton, and you know…the one they have now.
PS A note for Mr King. Could we have a novel where Sheriff John is one of the central characters, please? Uh-huh, uh-huh.