By Lynn Willoughby
The Institute ~ Stephen King
Another great tale from the weird and wonderful mind of Stephen King. “No one does live happily ever after, but we leave the children to find that out for themselves.”
This book involves children with special telepathic powers, who are kidnapped and taken to a secret, hidden facility called The Institute.
Luke is twelve. He is brilliant and has been accepted to study at MIT and Emerson College simultaneously. He wakes to find himself in his room – except it is not his room. It has no window. It has the same posters on the wall, the same furnishings, the same trophy on the dresser – but without the political pin he always kept there. So where is he?
He meets Kalisha, who has been there longer and she explains what a hell his life is about to become. She tells him about those who have telekinetic powers and those who have telepathic powers. She explains about the shots, the brutality of the staff, the immersion tubs, the headaches, the “dots”. All Luke can think about is that he wants to go home.
I am a Stephen King fan and can’t wait to dive in and start reading when there is a new release. But I found this book particularly unsettling. How was it going to end? How could there possibly be a plausible explanation for these experiments? How could such a facility be kept secret in this day and age? What if this is really happening? As I went about my daily business – these questions were ever present. I know the good guys don’t always win. What I didn’t factor in was that I was reading a book by a master storyteller and a master researcher. This just might be his scariest story yet!
- …….and many others
According to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, roughly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the USA. Many are found. Thousands are not.