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The Institute

por Stephen King

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Fiction. Science Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE AUDIE AWARD WINNER!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King whose "storytelling transcends genre" (Newsday) comes "another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable" (The Boston Globe) about a group of kids confronting evil.
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 "first-rate entertainment that has something important to say. We all need to listen" (The Washington Post
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bambini dotati rapiti /pensiero collettivo /omicidi preventivi
ho letto qualche recensione e posso dire che al di quà dell' oceano i riferimenti a Trump non infastidiscono troppo
I riferimenti nel gergo dei ragazzini agli anni 80 mi sembrano plausibili: io per esempio citavo film in bianco e nero perchè piacevano a mia nonna e canzoni di un decennio prima perche piacevano a mio padre

quello che nessuno invece ha sottolineato è un incongruenza ben evidente:
una struttura che va avanti per inerzia, che è sciatta e disattenta non fa il paio con la meticolosa attenzione con cui riproducono le camere dei bambini
(peraltro abbastanza inutili, dubito che un ambiente familiare calmi qualcuno colpito con un taser)
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  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Stephen King ist einer der wenigen Autoren, dem ich auch 150 Seiten "Nebengeschichte" verzeihen würde. Bei dem ich mich noch nicht mal wundere, wenn die Gechichte am Anfang anscheinend überhaupt nichts mit dem Klappentext zu tun hat. Wie fast immer nimmt die Geschichte nur langsam Fahrt auf und macht es (mir) so leicht, ihr zu folgen und mich darauf einzulassen. Ich mag das sehr, und auch, dass die Geschichten von Stephen King so nah an der Realität sind. Weiß man, ob das nicht tatsächlich so passiert? Könnte ja immerhin sein... ;)
Spannend bis zur letzten Seite, mit einem fast befriedigenden Ende. (Je älter ich werde, desto mehr stehe ich auf "Happy Ends".) ( )
  Katzenkindliest | Apr 23, 2024 |
The Institute by Stephen King will be akin to coming home for readers familiar with SKs oeuvre. A band of kids working together. An injustice of sorts. A clear bad guy / bad guys situation. A secret government facility. Check check check. Now throw in a touch of supernatural ability in the form of kids with telekinesis or telepathy and you have the basic ingredients of another solid King outing.

The story kicks off when twelve year old Luke Ellis is kidnapped from his home and wakes up at the institute of the title. Luke joins other similarly gifted kids being held at the government sanctioned facility against their will, and they've all been fed the lie they'll be allowed to return home to their families - with their memories wiped of course - after they've served their country.

A familiar pecking order is established as the kids adjust to their surroundings and try to understand what's going on. Naturally there's a little bit of bullying but ultimately firm friendships are formed in true King style, which includes amusing dialogue like this between two of the young characters:

"What if I don't?"
Nicky smiled. "Then I'll fuck you up, fat boy." Page 135

As with any King novel, character development is often the highlight and in The Institute a significant character named Tim Jamieson was established early on that I wanted to explore further. I thought he was the primary protagonist but after disappearing for a large chunk of the book, the character later resurfaces but the care factor had diminished by the intervening pages. This left me feeling a little irritated for investing so heavily in his character arc in the early pages.

The purpose of the secret medical facility is to measure and enhance the abilities of the children in a series of medical exams and terribly invasive tests. This definitely gave me Stranger Things vibes and I was surprised to learn The Institute was published in 2019, three years after the release of season 1 of Stranger Things in 2016. Whether either project was influenced by the other, kids being experimented on in the pursuit of harnessing their gifts for the greater good isn't new.

Ultimately King asks the reader to consider whether the sacrifices of a few gifted children and their families outweighs the potential suffering of hundreds, thousands or perhaps in extreme circumstances, even millions of people.

The big showdown at the end of the novel requires the reader to ball up their disbelief and peg it at the nearest oversized telephone and hope for the best. A solid outing from Stephen King. ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Apr 9, 2024 |
It was not a bad book, I actually enjoyed reading it. However, Mr King, I wish you would get some medicine for your TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome), I'm frankly tired of writers bringing their political views into their books. We could all do without it. That is why I really think thrice before I pick up a book that you have written after 2016. Get over your hangups. ( )
  ilsevr1977 | Apr 7, 2024 |
Started out well. I immediately got to like the character we are introduced to in chapter one. An ex-cop down on his luck finds a job as a night knocker in a small town. King is a great writer and this very first character we meet is very believable. The location, that tiny town has that southern flair we love so much. So, I nodded to myself in affirmation of the promise of a great novel to enjoy. Stage is set - let the games begin. However, once King moves off onto the following chapters, I find that promise broken. All that I found so intriguing and promising gets brushed under the carpet (we realize the ex-cop isn’t the main character and no more of that town I loved). Another character is introduced to us, a boy genius that i don’t find to be a well-rounded character at all, and to add insult to injury is just not believable at all. At that point my suspicions we fully aroused, and I had them fully confirmed with the additional introduction, in chapter three, of a band of super-intelligent kids with psycho kinetic abilities. It then became clear that I had before me just another X-man novel in disguise and it pains me to say, I gave up. Sorry, and this is certainly not the writers fault, but I just can’t abide another novel with the theme - boy and/or girl geniuses with or without outlandish special abilities band together against the unfeeling, hard-ass baddies. The scenario is just so used up and by now has become so very predictable. King produced just another X-man-Hunger games-Maze runner amalgam that, let’s be honest, has been milked for all it is worth, and now it ain’t worth a dime no more, in my book that is. Sorry King, no cigar this time around. ( )
  nitrolpost | Mar 19, 2024 |
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Fiction. Science Fiction. Suspense. Thriller. HTML:2020 THRILLER/SUSPENSE AUDIE AWARD WINNER!
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King whose "storytelling transcends genre" (Newsday) comes "another winner: creepy and touching and horrifyingly believable" (The Boston Globe) about a group of kids confronting evil.
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 "first-rate entertainment that has something important to say. We all need to listen" (The Washington Post

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