The Garden of the Golden Children by Ashley Hutchison
Hutchison's dark, experimental novella follows Ellis in her first year at the Academy. She navigates new feelings and friendships, until the eyes of the Headmaster fall on her. Her story is interwoven with myths and legends from this world, that reveal the truth about the events and people surrounding Ellis.
This literary fantasy reads like a fairytale before Disney got to them. Hutchison’s prose is expressive, creating a mood which is strange and unsettled, and a story which ultimately warns what may stay hidden when a community believes they are part of a utopia.