The trope of the Magical Boarding School became much more commonly known after the rise of Harry Potter. Addergoole is the name of one such place… except not really. Hogwarts is the kind of school you wish you could go to. Addergoole is the kind of school you run away from as fast as you can. (Except once you’re there, you can’t escape. Bwahaha. Haha. Ha.)
The eponymous web serial is by a good friend of mine, Lyn Thorne-Alder, and my reading the story is actually how we first started talking and eventually became friends, which is cool. I found out about it through the #weblit circles on twitter, back in, oh, 2009 or so. And I’ve been reading her work and (cough) writing Addergoole fanfiction for, what, five years now?
Yeah. Five years. Wow.
The basic premise of Addergoole is that there are these students, generally social outcasts in America, who somewhere in the middle of highschool are sent off to this special boarding school in the middle of nowhere that is literally underground. None of the new students really know what the school is; an institution for problem children, a prep school for gifted intellects, et al.
Well, as it turns out, it’s a school for demihumans. Magical faerie people. And all the students sent there are magical faerie people, but they didn’t know it yet. Sounds great, right? Yeah, that’s because I haven’t mentioned the magical slavery, borderline eugenics, or the gang fighting, or… well, you’re getting the picture.
Lyn is currently in the process of rewriting the original series in novel series format – I’m helping her put together the kickstarter, which I would give a rough launch date estimate right here if I had one.
Oh, and also, Addergoole is not only a great dystopian setting by itself, but is set in the greater “faerie apocalypse” universe where the world basically ended in 2011 after a huge faerie war. I’ve written a few things – well all right, I’ve written a buttload of things in Lyn’s faerie apocalypse universe, but I have a few of them on this site.
If you’re interested in checking out the original series, start here!