Book Review: The Institute by Kayla Howarth

Goodreads Synopsis

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.


I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Institute follows the wide barrier between the defective and the ‘normal’. A normal human would be someone who doesn’t have any abilities and is not a ‘danger’ to society. A defective is something who can supposedly destroy the world with a simple thought. Naturally, the people who put forth this definition in the book were the people who weren’t defective. As Allira points out, it’s not like normal humans can harm you with guns, knives and so on.

Allira Daniels is a seventeen year old teenager with nothing else on her mind except protecting her brother, Shilah. I got a bit annoyed that she treated her brother like he was a baby. I was a bit shocked to find out that he was barely two years younger than her. Allira and her family – her dad and brother- try very hard to remain inconspicuous and jump at the first sign of trouble. It must be tough living like that.

The action starts when Allira helps two boys who were in a car accident. She unintentionally draw attention to her family and they plan to leave except she is stopped by Drew and his mom who says that they’re safe and no one thinks that anyone involved is defective.

We enter twists and turns and what an amazing ride it was. If I thought I knew what was waiting for me, I could guess again. Kayla Howarth kept me on my toes and I loved every minute of it. This book is filled with the question of ‘Who do I trust?’. It’s not easy to trust people especially after your kindness has been thrown in your face.

I adore Chad and Tate. I hope nothing bad happens to them in the sequel. This book really highlights the ‘Trust no one’ factor and ‘There’s always something new waiting around the bend’.

“Be true to you and you’ll do fine.”

Kayla Howarth did an amazing job with these characters and the plot. I enjoyed reading this book and cannot wait for the sequel.

Read: 25 August 2015
Rating: ✮✮✮✮

Publication Date:  7 January 2015
Link to Author’s Goodreads Page: Kayla Howarth 

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