The Institute by Stephen King. (2019).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
Luke is a super-smart 12 year old kid with an exceptional gift. He is the latest in a long line of kids abducted and taken to a secret government facility hidden deep in a forest. An institute where kids can read minds or make objects move. Where the kids are subjected to a series of experiments and there is no escape. Until Luke teams up with an even younger boy whose powers of telepathy are off the scale.
Meanwhile, far away in a small town, former cop Tim has taken a job working for the local sheriff. He doesn’t know what he is about to become a part of.
While I really enjoyed the concept of this book, my main criticism would be the length and pacing. At almost 500 pages it’s a pretty big book but definitely doable, however it felt like much longer to me because most of the book moves at a pretty slow pace. My other criticism is that the first section of the book going over Tim’s journey to the small town, and him settling in there, was mostly unnecessary to the storyline for me and could have been done in a much shorter section. Putting those negatives outside, an institute full of kids with special powers is pretty damn interesting. The reasons behind the unknown group collecting these kids are fairly unsurprising when revealed but still engrossing. No doubt this book will eventually be made into a film or TV series and I’d be keen to watch it!
Overall, I did like this book but not as much as I thought I would. However the majority of readers rate this book 4 or 5 stars out of 5 so it’s definitely worth giving it a go.