The Institute

Overall Score

A grim tale.

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • World

Stephen King, 2019

Disclaimer: I am a fan of King’s first novels, and this review is shaped by my high regard for those first books. It’s impossible not to compare them.

I listened to the audio version of this book, which was highly marketed in bookstores. It was underwhelming – missing what I consider to be King’s hallmarks: effective, bone-chilling dialogue and evocative settings. At no time was I eager to know what happened next. If you’ve read any King at all you will know how the book ends by the end of the first chapter. Narrator gets 0 stars.

If you are a King addict and can get a copy of this book without any cash outlay it’s a mildly entertaining listen or read.

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