The Institute by Steven King
In the middle of the night, intruders silently murder young Luke Ellis's parents and steal him away from his suburban Minneapolis home-an operation that takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up in a faraway room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are several other doors, behind which are several other kids with very special abilities, who arrived at wherever here is in the me way Luke did. They're all confined to the area known as Front Half, which is a good thing-no one ever returns from Back Half. Nevertheless, the incarcerated children are intended to serve, given that the staff is ruthlessly dedicated to extracting the force of their extranormal gifts. Cooperation is rewarded and resistance is punished, brutally. As each new victim disappears to Back Half, Luke becomes increasingly desperate to somehow find a way out and get help-even though no one has ever escaped from the living hell known as the Institute....
Being a Stephen King fan I wasn't disappointed in this book. It is brutal and horrifying in the way that the children who are taken to the institute are treated. the kids are all telepaths are telekinetic. The people at the institute want to tap into these gifts, at any cost, but find the tables turned on them
Daffodil by Alex Martin
Katy, a maidservant at Cheadle Manor, longs to escape her narrow life but events unfold slowly in her rural village. Jem Phipps has always loved Katy. His proposal of marriage rescues her from scandal but after tragedy strikes, Jem becomes a reluctant soldier on the battlefields of The First World War, leaving Katy behind, restless and alone. Lionel White, the local curate, has just returned from India bringing a dash of colour to the small village and offers Katy a window on the wider world. Only when Katy joins up as a WAAC girl does she finally break free from the stifling class-ridden hierarchies that bind her but the brutality of 20th-century global war brings home the price she has paid for her search. Through the horrors of WW1, she discovers only love brings freedom. In essence, Daffodils is a love story, whose tender heart is almost torn apart through this tumultuous time.
Distrust, secrets, and inexperience threaten to compromise the mission as the group is forced to travel in the company of the enemy. Doubt turns to the wizard who employed them on this precarious quest, and as the Priagent marches toward his goal, a second Cataclysm is imminent. Yet even he is driven by another—a darker force that has yet to reveal itself.
The Ravenstone's ominous Shadow obscures the fate of Secramore, and unless the threat is vanquished, none will be spared the curse of its darkness.