Allira Daniels will do anything to keep her Defective brother safe from the Institute. They claim to protect Defectives, but it’s human nature to fear the unknown. Defectives are dangerous, they possess abilities that no human should be able to. To Allira and the rest of her family, the Institute seems more like a prison than the safe-haven they promote themselves to be. Protecting Shilah from that fate is their number one priority.
When Allira stumbles across a car crash involving two of her school classmates, she ignores all of her father’s warnings of laying low and not drawing attention to herself. By doing so, she may have just caught the eye of the Institute. She’s not Defective, but what seventeen-year-old girl has the ability to pull two teenage boys away from a fiery rubble and walk away without a scratch? It would definitely be seen as suspicious.
Allira and her family need to make decisions. Do they stay, or do they flee again? Will they be coming for her? Will her whole family come under investigation?
Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you
I became engrossed in the story right from the beginning, immediately feeling the pain and fear of Allira, the main character. Written in first person (my personal favorite), the author does a wonderful job with the “voice” of the main character. The writing style makes it so easy to get drawn into the story and into the thoughts of Allira.
Usually, I’m pretty good at guessing twists and turns of plots, but I must admit, there were a few twists that actually surprised me. I don’t like spoilers in reviews, so I won’t give examples, but the lies and deceit keep you wondering who is trustworthy and adds an extra element to the story. There is so much action that takes place, writing a review without giving details is a challenge. I can say though, not once did I ever become bored reading this novel.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Institute and the way it ended leaves me hungry for the next installment, Resistance. I am late for work, which is the only reason I’m not allowing myself to start it. If Resistance is anything like the first one, I’ll have a hard time putting it down as well.
I want to thank the author for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest opinion. The Institute is definitely worth the read! I can’t wait to get back home to start Resistance!
I'll say it. Dystopian has been done to death and I was leery of picking up yet another one, but this book captured my interest within the first few pages and never let go.
With Allira, we get what is so absent today in YA. We get a real girl, with real issues and insecurities; but it's the way she faces a challenge that really made me stand up and take notice. Allira doesn't always know the right thing to do or say (well ... she's really good at saying the wrong thing) but she rises to the challenge, always determined to persevere because, as her Aunt Kenna says, "This is how strong people are made."
Alliria is accompanied by a host of well rounded characters, and her love interest(s) and the situations she finds herself in are 100% believable. I never got that unrealistic insta-love vibe, and I've enjoyed watching the way these relationships and friendships have developed and progressed in a very real way throughout book one. I'm definitely looking forward to book two.
My only criticism - and I won't spoil anything here - is with some of the supernatural abilities. I love super powers - wish I had one, but sometimes these things were just a little tenuous in they way they worked or didn't work in different situations. There were a few instances where it felt like the rules of certain abilities weren't established quite clearly enough.
But the ENDING! Did not see that coming for this book. You don't want to miss this cliffhanger.
Believable supporting characters
Great pace and an awesome ending!
The Institute is a very entertaining read that keeps you guessing at what's going to happen next. Give this book a chance and you won't want to put it down. I was drawn into the original storyline, realistic characters, and suspenseful plot. Can't wait to start the second.
Seventeen-year-old Allira has spent her life on the run with her father and her younger brother Shilah, who is a Defective. They must hide him in plain sight, or he will be taken to "The Institute", a place where Defectives are kept segregated while a "cure" is found... or, at least, that's the story people are told...
Allira must find strength within herself to discover hidden truths not only about The Institute but about herself. She is a worthy heroine, well-written and well-developed. She is surrounded by a terrific cast of supporting characters that are not nearly as black-and-white as they first appear. (Tate is my favorite. He'll be yours too.)
I cannot wait for Book #2 in this series!