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Behrg Reviews: "The Institute" by Stephen King


I'm not sure if The Institute reads like Orson Scott Card trying to write a Stephen King novel or Stephen King trying to write an Orson Scott Card novel, but the end result is as captivating as you might hope for. While the themes and even ideas behind this novel have certainly been explored before, like anything put into the hands of a master storyteller, it's spun in a way that makes you believe it's wholly unique. We're watching a magician at the top of his game with this novel, and though you know you're being deceived, it's impossible not to grin and find yourself believing in magic after all.

Beautifully drawn characters, complex moral dilemmas, and underdogs you just want to root for. This is a novel that will stay with you long after you finish its final page. King in top form.

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