Stephen King has long been the king of the bestseller list, and it’s a well-deserved title—it would take longer to list all his onscreen adaptations than it would for King to finish a book! Our love for Stephen King transcends his writing: he’s also a philanthropist and all-around bookish hero. Just yesterday, King donated $1.25 million to the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Of course, that’s not the end of his good deeds. He helped to prevent a struggling Maine newspaper from ending its book review section back in January… and that’s just 2019. Guess it would also take as long to list King’s outreach efforts as it would to wait for the next release—which, by the way, is soon.
To give some idea of King’s prolific output, consider that he announced his latest upcoming novel, The Institute, in January—to be clear, that’s three months after the publication of Elevation. Readers can pre-order the novel online, and they can see the cover here! As early as September 10, we’ll all be able to get our hands on and bookmarks in…
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This tale of gifted children and grey morals might help sate our bottomless hunger for The Umbrella Academy. It also just might create a hunger for more Stephen King! Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: just wait a few months. He’ll at least have announced another one.
In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and ten-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, “like the roach motel,” Kalisha says. “You check in, but you don’t check out.”
In this most sinister of institutions, the director, Mrs. Sigsby, and her staff are ruthlessly dedicated to extracting from these children the force of their extranormal gifts. There are no scruples here. If you go along, you get tokens for the vending machines. If you don’t, punishment is brutal. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes more and more desperate to get out and get help. But no one has ever escaped from the Institute.
As psychically terrifying as Firestarter, and with the spectacular kid power of It, The Institute is Stephen King’s gut-wrenchingly dramatic story of good vs. evil in a world where the good guys don’t always win.
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