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One of the very best Stephen King novels I have read. I especially enjoy when he writes through the eyes of kids and they are challenged to rise to extraordinary circumstances and prevail against evil. And boy, are these extraordinary. Not fantastically so... it is all the work of scheming, evil adults that has brought these kids to The Institute.
I don’t comment about a book very often. I borrowed this as an audio book (I have a long drive to and from work everyday)
I.m only 2/3 of the way through, and I have to say-this is my favorite King story yet. The characters are so richly developed, and I love that it’s like 2books in 1. I actually googled “night knocker” because I was thrilled that a 1 book had characters from another. Some people comment that they didn’t like that it appears to be 2different stories, or that the first 500+ pages set up the first set of characters, but I LOVE this concept!
I can hardly wait till the end of the story, but my neighbours are commenting how long I sit in the car listening to the “radio”
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I am... it’s going to rank up there as one of the most memorable ones I have ever read. Santino Fontana does a fantastic job in his narration! And... I just read that it’s been picked up to become a mini series by David Kelly! Yay!
This is only the 2nd Stephen King book I’ve read. The kids vs. evil adults theme appealed to me. I’m surprised that it was classified as horror in the Goodreads Choice Awards. To me, this fits right in with YA series like Divergent, Hunger Games and Maze Runner or the Netflix series Stranger Things. It got off to a bit of a slow start by introducing the reader to ex-cop Tim. But once it switched to the kids at The Institute things took off. It has an interesting premise and you root for the kids as they form bonds and fight to escape. I thought the kids dialogue/vocabulary was a little hokey and over the top at times. Calling the cafeteria the caff and Avery the Avester made me cringe. Nitpicking aside, I enjoyed the book and assume it will be made into a movie.
Easy to read, easy flow to it. Not as scary or mind blowing as his other books I've read.
Although the ending felt a little too much like an action movie, everything up to that point was on par with his classics that I fell in love with so many years ago.
The only works of King's that I've thought were top-tier in the past couple of decades are his short story collections (Different Seasons, Bazaar of Bad Dreams), but I still usually read his novels because they're well-written with interesting characters, if not scary any more.
The Institute isn't scary, either, and it's overlong (basically the first half of the 550 pages consists of plot set-up and character development - I stopped periodically to read other books), but the 2nd half picks up speed and careens toward a blockbuster ending. I'm sure the film version will be coming soon.
That's not what made me give it 5 stars, though. Turns out most of that character development paid off - this is the first King novel that's made me cry.
I have read almost everything King has written. I am sure there is some article that I have missed. This story is unique. He always writes well. Not a great, can't put down, book. Meh.
As King novels go, I though this one was just meh. You'll get an action-packed story with incredible kid protagonists, something that fans of Stranger Things might enjoy, but it is more political thriller than horror novel (although that line is admittedly blurry). I'd recommend some of King's older works over this one, but it is worth reading...for free, from your library.
With shades of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, mixed with the horrors of concentration camps, this tense story is really about friendship, the power of being "in it together", overcoming, as well as the shocking fact that humans can do horrendous things to others for the so called "greater good". I was completely absorbed and invested. King is such a brilliant writer and storyteller. I'm a chicken, so reading Stephen King is not usually something I will do (no ghosts or horror for me); however the summary intrigued me and I went into listening to this very tentatively; I'm so glad I did!
I love Stephen King, and this one did not disappoint! It really makes you think - what would the world be like with the things that are being used in the book (I don't want to spoil it for others)?
Another King classic, the references to current day events makes it that much more readable
The man is back and FINALLY writing again without his son. Thank God!! This book is awesome.
The last 2 times I have tried reading King-he always has to throw in a comment about Trump. I have been reading King since Carrie. But I am over everything being political. Too many books in the world to waste time on it.
4.75 stars. my very first stephen king novel, and it was a doozie. I'll still avoid the horror genre, but I see why king has so many fervent fans. a few wry comments about current events (he is much more overt on twitter) made this book fresh and exciting. I found myself thinking if only...
I'm a huge King fan, have read a lot of his early and more recent books, and dare I say it ... this is up there on my list of favorites. He just never fails to come up with a new way to scare me and no one writes kids better. Luke Ellis and the others from the Institute are as endearing as they are tough. The adult players are written with a depth and polarity that makes me feel like I know them. This book frightened me, made me think, made me laugh, and even broke my heart a little bit. Another King classic, and sure to be a wildly entertaining TV series.
I've read every one of his books and am a huge fan. This book is one of his best.
Stephen King never fails to thrill me. This latest mixes fear of what lengths government will go to and the secrets they hide from us with the talents of telekinesis and telepathy. If you think this couldn’t happen, you need to put away your childish faith. Our leaders will continue doing whatever they think best and damn humanity. The sacrifice of a few is for our greater good
Fantastic! One of his best novels and is very reminisicent of IT and Stand by Me, since children play a main part of the story.