If you’ve been dying for new fiction from Stephen King, you will have to wait until this September when he introduces the world to ‘The Institute’! King is known for delivering works that put the protagonists through hell and the tagline for the book describes ‘The Institute’ as “Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.”
The book will follow Luke and we quickly find that while things start off horribly for the character, they’ll only get worse as the story progresses.
The full synopsis of the novel is as follows:
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.
It will be interesting to see what powers that these children end up developing and if they’ll be used to escape ‘The Institute’ by the time we hit “The End” or if they’ll end up being used by whoever created it.
Are you excited to check out ‘The Institute’ when it is released? How do you feel this plot sounds compared to his other more recent works? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
You can pick up a copy of ‘The Institute’ on September 10th, 2019!
Source: Entertainment Weekly.