The Institute – book review

30th May 2020

“The Institute” by Stephen King is one of his newest best sellers. Its price was set really high and so were my expectations.

“The Institute” is one of those books that are are to be put in a specific genre. According to GoodReads, it is part horror, part fiction, part thriller. In my opinion, it is just strange. The plot is interesting, I have to give it that. But, I felt really strange reading that book. It was like having a continuous Deja vu. I don’t know if it is because I have read a lot of Mr King’s books, or if it just reminded me of someone else’s novel. I got it, it was like reading The Shawshank Redemption but with children.

The idea in “The Institute” by Stephen King is nice and interesting but is far from original. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I did not like the book. I finished it, so I liked it enough. But, and this is one big but, the story is…. mediocre at best and far from his old masterpieces.

The rating I am giving the novel is:
Idea: 3 out of 5
Story-line: 4 out of 5
Editing: 5 out of 5
Twists: 3 out of 5
Total = 3.75. It is not like I am not going to read any more books by Stephen King, but … I would definitely think about buying on again. That’s what libraries are for after all.

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