The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

I wanted to read this book since I first saw it on Instagram. #bookstagram went a little bonkers on this book so I was seeing it everywhere. I enjoy most of Stephen King’s books, so immediately looked on my local library site to request a hold. Wouldn’t my luck have it, the hold number was astronomical! So I put it on the back burner and figured I’d try again later.

My patience finally won!

I snagged a copy from the library and immediately started reading. I was so excited!

I was almost immediately disappointed when it took 43 pages to introduce the main character. The first 42 pages are introducing some guy named Tim who works for the cops. What the HECK?? Mr. King, please don’t disappoint me! I can’t take it!

The main story (once it starts) is about a kid named Luke who is kidnapped one night and taken to a place called The Institute. He’s tested and poked and prodded, to determine if he has any higher telekinesis than already discovered, or if telepathy can be created in a kid with telekinesis.

At first Luke resists the tests, but eventually gives in and behaves as a way to distract from his real plan: he is going to escape.

I’m not going to say any more about the storyline because I don’t want to ruin anything, but my review probably won’t be entirely nice. I’m disappointed in this book. Halfway through and I was still waiting for it to get good.

That’s really sad for a Stephen King book.

One thing I do really love about this book is the character development. This book is character driven, not action driven, so I got really attached to the characters from pretty early on. My favorite character is Avery, who the other kids call Avester. He’s telepathic, and pretty powerful, so even though he’s only 10 years old, the other kids rely on him. He’s kind of a badass.

My least favorite thing about this book is the fact that it’s not action driven. This is pretty typical for an SK book, but this book seems to take it a little too far. I also didn’t like the fact that it took 42 pages to introduce the main character.

I grew attached enough to the characters, the ones I loved and the ones I absolutely hated (you will too, I promise), that I was able to continue reading the book. About 2/3 of the way through the book I started to realize why everyone loved the book so much. Sad that it took so long.

My final score is 3 out of 5 stars. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but because I probably won’t ever read it again. The story ran way to slow for me, and didn’t keep my attention well enough. I think it will make a very good movie, so I hope it’s on the list for that. Most Stephen King fans will enjoy this book, but may find it slow like I did. Again, I like many of Stephen’s books, but may stick with his movies instead. Please let me know if you read this book, and tell me what you thought in the comments below! Until next time, bookworms!



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6 thoughts on “Book Review: The Institute by Stephen King

  1. Yeah, that’s a good way to look at it. I love so many of his books. I have a review of Doctor Sleep coming tomorrow, and it was so good! I’m a picky bookworm for a reason lol.

  2. Such a shame! I’m a big Stephen King fan, though I haven’t read this one yet. I read Elevation last year and was really, really disappointed by it, so I’m a bit hesitant when it comes to his new releases now!

    1. It’s good, it just takes soooooo long to get to the good parts. It would make a good movie, which would take some of the fluff out.

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