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The Institute: A Novel de Stephen King
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The Institute: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Stephen King (Autor)

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In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' 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 10-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.… (més)
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Títol:The Institute: A Novel
Autors:Stephen King (Autor)
Informació:Gallery Books (2020), 576 pages
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The Institute is one telepathic golden retriever away from being a Dean Koontz novel.



Telepathic and telekinetic children being abducted by a shadowy government organization intent on changing the world? The first half of the novel was Shawshank Redemption with adults replaced by children struggling to understand and adapt to their new prison while maintaining their humanity. The second half of the novel was a fast-paced rush to sagely conclusion. I kept waiting for a genetically altered telepathic golden retriever to appear to befriend the children and guide them out of harm's way.

I gave it four stars namely for the first half of the novel and the last two chapters showing what becomes of the Institute and Lisping Man's raison d'être. While there's numerous comparisons to Firestarter, the King who wrote this is a pale imitation of the author who wrote about Andy and Charlie McGee. ( )
  Tayledras | Nov 16, 2021 |
The Institute is one telepathic golden retriever away from being a Dean Koontz novel.



Telepathic and telekinetic children being abducted by a shadowy government organization intent on changing the world? The first half of the novel was Shawshank Redemption with adults replaced by children struggling to understand and adapt to their new prison while maintaining their humanity. The second half of the novel was a fast-paced rush to sagely conclusion. I kept waiting for a genetically altered telepathic golden retriever to appear to befriend the children and guide them out of harm's way.

I gave it four stars namely for the first half of the novel and the last two chapters showing what becomes of the Institute and Lisping Man's raison d'être. While there's numerous comparisons to Firestarter, the King who wrote this is a pale imitation of the author who wrote about Andy and Charlie McGee. ( )
  Tayledras | Nov 16, 2021 |
This book had me totally hooked! I loved the kids in this story so, so much and I was rooting for them the entire time! It made me think about the manga series The Promised Neverland, in that same manner where you can’t help but want the children to succeed! I love King’s writing style and voice. I highly recommend this book! ( )
  klcarmack | Nov 12, 2021 |
ESP and All That Jazz

Stephen King fan or not, you will probably not only like his latest but despite its over 500 pages lap it up quick as a bowl of ice cream. If King can do anything, and he can do a lot, he can create suspense and move a story along like a barreling freight train. In this outing, he builds his story around a group of exceptional children, children with telekinetic and telepathic powers, an evil, secret government operation long running that weaponizes their skills, and the idea that governments will do anything, even misuse and discard children, in their quest to gain an upper hand on each other.

As often is the case with King, two different groups of people eventually converge to complete the story. Here, Tim Jamieson, a cop forced to resign over a bad decision he made in a shopping mall, works his way north. He stops over in a small South Carolina town, fictional DuPray, takes on jobs as a night knocker, an official who checks establishments after dark, and a warehouse worker. DuPray is a small town from out of the past, were the Southern residents trend toward the stereotypical, perhaps not the strongest conceptualization, but it does serve as a setup for the dramatic guns blazing pre-climax of the novel.

Then the tale switches north, way north, to the setting for most of King’s novels, Maine. There the government has established a black ops program called The Institute. The Institute, staffed by former military people, people focused on duty, deluded by the belief of anything for country, and most comfortable with obeying orders, no matter how outlandish and cruel they might be, has existed for decades with the purpose of locating and abducting children up to the age of sixteen possessing underdeveloped telekinetic and telepathic powers. Through techniques that smack of Skinner’s operant conditioning, they control the children as they enhance their basic psychological powers. New abductees reside first in the Front Half, where enhancement takes place, and after move to the Back Half, where their collective powers are used for specific assignments that include assassinations. All this eventually turns the children into haunted hulks who eventually die. (So if anything involving the mistreatment of children turns you off, you may wish to pass on the novel. However, King’s point here regarding society’s abuse of children is well taken.)

Enter into this hell hole, the protagonist, one very, very smart twelve year old boy with basic telekinetic powers, Luke Ellis. Luke’s so smart that he’s about to go to MIT and Emerson (right brain, left brain, clever), two colleges at once. That’s pretty darn smart. Obviously, he never makes it because The Institute sends a team of operatives to abduct him and kill his parents. Luke befriends the children already held in the Front Half. One in particular, ten year old Avery, a boy with exception telepathic powers, proves almost as formidable as Luke. After pages of horrors in the Front Half, Luke escapes, with the help of a sympathetic employee, and he races south, landing in the town of DuPray. There, he convinces Tim and the town’s colorful collection of stereotypes about his plight and enlists them in his salvation and that of the other children in The Institute. King treats readers to a dramatic, guns blazing, minds bending ending. And just when you think it’s over, we readers enter Philip K. Dick territory.

As said, King fan or not, there’s enough action, conspiratorial ideas, and nicely developed child characters to keep all readers turning pages fast.

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  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
A terrible ending is what ruins it all... ( )
  puripuri | Sep 9, 2021 |
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And Samson called unto the Lord, and said, O Lord God, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines...

And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lord, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. --Judges, Chapter 16
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In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' 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 10-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.

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