Due to the recent controversy of refugees living in Western countries, I thought it would be appropriate to read J.C. Carleson’s contemporary fiction novel The Tyrant’s Daughter in order to fully understand the lives of these refugees. This book follows Laila, the daughter of a middle eastern dictator who recently passed away, as what is left of her family moves to the United States to seek refuge. Laila is adapting to her new world, making new friends and exploring a new culture. However, Laila’s mother is still intertwined in the international politics and weapons market back at home. The Tyrant’s Daughter is hard to relate to, but provides a new perspective and emotional tension.
The reason I gave this book a 4 rather than a 5 is because the main character, Laila, is a little unrelatable and distant. Although, this is easily made up for by the chess game style international deal and hooking story line. Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot.
I would recommend this book to readers 13 and above. I would also recommend it to people who are interested in the lives of refugees.