The Institute

The Institute

by Kayla Howarth

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Living in constant fear. Always looking over your shoulder. The source of your fear? The Institute.

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? Will they discover Shilah and his ability to predict the future?

Are you Defective? The Institute is coming for you.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046510577
Publisher: Kayla Howarth
Publication date: 01/07/2015
Series: Institute Series , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 124,070
File size: 555 KB

About the Author

Kayla was born and raised on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. She still resides there with her husband and son, working part time while working on her writing. Her love of reading and movies inspired her to start something she never dreamed possible: writing her first novel. When she's not working, looking after her son, or writing, you'll most likely find her hosting her own dance party in the kitchen while she does the dishes (where her husband will argue that more dancing is achieved than clean plates.)

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The Institute 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The idea for this book had potential, but the author's obviously mediocre writing skills, various grammar and spelling mistakes, and reuse of the same descriptive phrases repeatedly throught the novel definitely detracted from the story itself. But hey, at least it was free!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read the next book in the series. It was such a page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I totally love this book! So refreshing to read something different. Hats off to the author! I am excited to see the next book "Resistance" is available, but am also sad to find it is not available for ereaders yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read what happens next. Full of twists that will leave you turning the page !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though it can be kind of slow in book one it gets so much better in book 2. Everything gets better in the following nooks. I just wish everything was available to nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to stop reading. There was no hook to make me want to at least till pg. 21. Dead slow and morose up to that point. DMB
224perweek More than 1 year ago
Very slow starter. I almost gave up on it. I am glad that I stuck with it though. It's a very creative story with fascinating characters. Lots of excitement and even a bit of romance. Lots of humor too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was good but there is no conclusion what so ever. It leaves off at a point that seems to be in mid thought. I understand the point of leaving questions in the readers mind so we will buy the next book. However, leaving us curious is okay but this is not. At least find s good stopping point. If it had not been for that I would, without a doubt be buying the next book. I simply cannot based on principal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the where is the Resistance? I'm waiting for book 2!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite The Institute (The Institute Series Book 1) by Kayla Howarth is a paranormal young adult story that revolves around Defectives, people with a DNA mutation that gives them special superpowers. Allira's brother is a defective and she's willing to do anything to keep him safe from the Institute, whose job it is to hunt all defectives. Allira believes the Institute is more like a prison than the safe place it pretends to be. Protecting her brother Shilah from the Institute is her number one goal. When Allira draws the eye of the Institute as well, it is time for her family to make another decision; do they run away and hide or do they stand and fight? Is it just about their family, or could the whole of the human race be at stake? What can Allira do? She's only seventeen, and she doesn't have superpowers like her brother. At least...not that she knows of...yet. This is a fun, dystopian paranormal story with people that have incredible superpowers. Readers of dystopian and paranormal stories will love the 'us versus them' mentality and be rooting for Allira as she manages to take on the bigger authority that looms over her. Readers will also appreciate Allira's love for her brother and the fact that she is so willing to do whatever it takes, including risking danger herself, in order to protect her family. This love of family was one of the best qualities of the book and I think other readers will appreciate it as well. Nice job!
THHernandez More than 1 year ago
Author, Kayla Howarth, paints a terrifying future where a virus wiped out a large percentage of the earth's population and spawned a genetic mutation, creating a generation of Defective people with superpowers who must be hunted down and contained. Allira's brother is Defective and she'll do anything to protect him. But when the Institute sweeps up Kayla and her brother in a massive effort to find all the Defectives, she discovers things are far worse than she ever imagined. Plot The main plot centers around the Institute and their role in this dystopian world, how Allira fits into it, and above all else, what she's willing to do to protect her brother, Shilah. There is a subtle love triangle that seems rushed at first. In fact, it was one of my least favorite aspects of the book. But it all falls into place by the end in an "aha" moment that made me realize how brilliant it was. World Building The world building is there, but it's shallow in some areas, deeper in others. Where it really works, though, is in the development of the Defectives' abilities and the Institute's role in pretty much everything. Kayla Howarth does a phenomenal job of foreshadowing. So much so, you don't necessarily realize that's what it is at first. Characters The story is plot-driven, so the character development is subtle. The characters are interesting enough though, that it doesn't seem to matter. Allira, particularly, comes across as a typical teen girl, letting her hormones get in the way of what should be her focus a good deal of the time. But her fierce loyalty to her brother always comes first. Chad, one third of the love triangle is an enigma, and I love that about him. I think there's still a lot to find out about Chad in the rest of the series. The last third is Drew. I'm still on the fence about Drew. Just when I think I'm going to hate him, Howarth draws me back in, reminds me he's flawed, human, impossible to hate. Top Five Things I Enjoyed About The Institute 1. The Ending. It's been a long time since I've read the last paragraph of a book with my jaw hanging open. 2. Tate. He's just awesome. I want to be Tate when I grow up. 3. The Superpowers. Because who doesn't secretly want a superpower? 4. Allira's Loyalty. Shilah may not appreciate yet what a great sister he has, but I have no doubt that he will. 5. The Complexity of Drew. The fact that he was developed with endless shades of gray makes him fascinating. Bottom Line The Institute is an interesting take on both young adult dystopia and superheros. It melds the two together in a fascinating story that left me wanting more. Disclaimer I was provided with a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had things I didnt expect to happen. Wish that the characters were more flushed out though
PuzzleMe More than 1 year ago
The Institute is a riveting teen fiction novel. The beginning is a little slow but VITAL to the rest of the story so it's not a bad thing. I love Allira. She is strong and sassy but has a good heart. She struggles with figuring out who she is as a person, just like most teens out therefore doing. She is a real character that you can relate to. The story line follows her as she gets captured and taken to The Institute. Here, she discovers the dark secrets hidden within the walls and starts realizing the type of person that she wants to be. I didn't know which character I was supposed to fall for, Chad or Drew, so am keeping an open mind for the second book and see potential in both guys and am looking forward to seeing how her relationships with the play out. 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.
12read2 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to get a chance at reading this book, especially after taking a peek at the synopsis and sample. A dystopian world caused by a virus, which in turn changes the DNA of certain people providing them with supernatural abilities. What a combination! And after reading the novel, I’m certainly not disappointed. 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!