The Institute by Stephen King
Tim Jamieson was forced to resign from the Sarasota police department. He finds himself in DuPray, Minneapolis accepting a job as a night knocker. Luke Ellis is a 12-year-old genius who lives with his parents in this same suburban town. One night, not long after Tim begins working his new job, Luke gets kidnapped and his parents murdered. Luke wakes up in what looks to be his own bedroom, but without windows. The door to his room actually leads to a special institute housing other children that have special minds like his. He comes to learn that he was chosen because he is not only smart, but unbeknownst to him, he has a special talent that he shares with the other children in the institute. The children arrived in the same manner as Luke. Just like Luke, they have either telekinesis and/or telepathy skills. Mrs. Sigsby, the director of the institute, has gathered the test subjects to extract from them their special talents. Luke is desperate to escape the horrors that he and the other children are subjected to. This book was the first one I have read by Stephen King, although I’m familiar with his work. The book was on brand with that uncomfortable, thriller, suspense vibe that is almost cringe worthy. I was mentally exhausted by the time Tim and Luke’s paths crossed and I finished the book. This genre of books isn’t my favorite but I found that I couldn’t put it down.
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