• Selena | Beauty's Library

The Institute Review

Updated: Sep 8, 2020

Children between the ages of 8-18 being kidnapped from their homes in the middle of the night and brought to The Institute, where their room is almost identical to their room at home minus a window.


Rating: 5/5

WARNING! Spoilers :)


The overall concept of children between the ages of 8-18 being kidnapped from their homes in the middle of the night and brought to The Institute, where their room is almost identical to their room at home minus a window. Then, they're tortured and tested on simply because they tested as a TK or TP.


There's a lot to unpack here. This definitely took me on a roller coaster of emotions. I really enjoyed reading about these group of kids who take down this secret organization. Unlocking their true power for themselves, to no longer be used as guinea pigs.


My heart ached when I read about the Ward A kids. How they lost their mind from the movies and treatments. Every time Pete came up smacking his head I wanted to cry. The description of these kids hit so hard to home for me.


My heart ached when I read about the Ward A kids.

Let me explain why, as I grew up with 3 siblings with special needs. I grew up being around other kids that matched those exact descriptions of the Ward A kids. So to read about how they were treated so harshly was hard. I wanted to save them all!


It killed me when I read all the children who died in the process of bringing down the organization. But then, you also have to think about how they're no longer in pain anymore.

The ending definitely leaves it open with the whole "What if". I can totally see SK making a sequel to this. I would totally read it too. It leaves open the idea of "were the kids right to do what they did?" I think so! I wouldn't have wished any child to be subjected to that life. It's not right or fair.

This easily joined the ranks of among my favorites. It was a joy to read. I recommend this book to any SK fan. I wouldn't have considered this a true horror book, but I can see why its labeled as so. It's more a thriller and suspense than horror.