Book Review: Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

In Tyranny, brisk, spare text and illustrations that deal head-on with anorexia propel the reader along on Anna’s journey as she falls prey to the eating disorder, personified as her tormentor, Tyranny.

The novel starts with a single question: “How did I get here?” The answer lies in the pages that follow, and it’s far from simple. Pressured by media, friends, the workplace, personal relationships, and fashion trends, Anna descends into a seemingly unending cycle of misery. And whenever she tries to climb out of the abyss, her own personal demon, Tyranny, is there to push her back in. The contest seems uneven, and it might be except for one thing: Anna’s strength of character has given rise to her deadly enemy. Ironically, it is that same strength of character that has the ultimate power to save her from the ravages of Tyranny.

What I thought
Tyranny is the first graphic novel that I have ever read but I accepted it for review as I thought the subject matter was extremely important, not only in the YA genre, but for everyone. The book is extremely informative as to what can happen with eating disorders and it doesn’t try to hide anything.

Tyranny follows the life of Anna as she goes from being a normal teenager with a healthy appetite, to a girl who cant stand to look at herself and wants to be someone different. As the story follows Anna as she develops anorexia, you get to see what kinds of things she is thinking about herself to make her not want to eat anymore. The way that Anna sees herself is quite shocking. Instead of seeing the slim girl that she actually is, she sees a completely different person in the mirror and this is where her problems begin. The range of feelings Anna experiences really go from one extreme to another, depending on her situation at particular times but it was really interesting to see how quickly a person could change their views about themselves.

What gives this book the possibility to stand out to a lot of people is the way in which it is illustrated. Instead of just people told what Anna is going through, the reader is able to see her change over time and how things change in regards to her eating disorder. Not only does Anna’s appearance change but you can also see her personality and confidence changing at the same time. Pictures of Tyranny are not very nice at all and he is really made out to be a monster which I thought was fantastic.

Tyranny is a very important book for people to read. Children and teenagers would really benefit from reading this book to highlight the importance of looking after yourself and eating properly but also think many adults would benefit from it as well. I am really glad that this was my first graphic novel and that I can make people more aware of it.

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