Amy’s Thoughts On…Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

Published By: Zephyr

Released: 5th May 2020

I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis

Camille, a revolutionary’s daughter, leads a band of outcasts – a runaway girl, a deserter, an aristocrat in hiding. As the Battalion des Mortes they cheat death, saving those about to meet a bloody end at the blade of Madame La Guillotine. But their latest rescue is not what she seems. The girl’s no aristocrat, but her dark and disturbing powers means both the Royalists and the Revolutionaries want her. But who and what is she?

In these dangerous days, no one can be trusted, everyone is to be feared. As Camille learns the truth, she’s forced to choose between loyalty to those she loves and the future.

Amy’s Thoughts

Camille is the leader of the Battalion des Mortes, a group of outcasts (a runaway, a deserter and an aristocrat in hiding) known for cheating death and saving those about meet their end at the blade of the Guillotine. After saving one prisoner, a girl named Olympe, she soon realises that their is far more than meets the eye with regards to this girl and the mission to save her. Camille and her group are soon thrust into the dark underworld of the French Revolution and must decide who, if any to hand Olympe over to.

When I first heard of Dangerous Remedy, it was described to me as ‘Six of Crows meets Les Miserables‘ and as I LOVE both of these, I knew it was something I was going to be interested in, and for the most part it was. It had everything you could want, it had heists, LGBTQ+ rep, mysterious magic, history and friendships, and you could honestly find yourself learning a lot from a book like this. It had such a unique edge over many over books written in the YA Historical Genre, and I think this is the main reason why I carried on reading it.

I must admit though, that I found the plot very slow to kick in. Yes, you are thrust straight into some action in the first few chapters, but after that you are taken on a journey that gradually picks up towards the last 40% or so of the book. This doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the story itself, mind you, because I truly did! The characters were all incredibly fleshed out, and although the story is mainly told through the points of view of Camille and Ada, you don’t feel like the other characters are brushed to the side. If I had to choose I would probably say Al was my favourite. His little quips and sayings brought a little bit of comic relief to the story, but also I felt how vulnerable he was and the way he dealt with his issues really did get to me. You could say I just wanted to hug him and not let go. When a character does that to me, you know it’s a great one.

Dangerous Remedy, you could say had some of the best diverse rep I’ve seen in historical YA for a long time! You had LGBTQ+ rep, own voices rep and this was really brought to life throughout the story. Camille’s and Ada’s relationship was so realistic, and despite going through some pretty hard times throughout the book, they still never let go of their love for one another. You don’t see many f/f relationships in YA of any genre and seeing this warmed my heart just a little bit. Also, diversity within YA is so solely needed right now, so I applaud Dunn for featuring so much of it within Dangerous Remedy.

Now, The French Revolution and 1700’s is an area of history that I know little about, and I must say I learnt a lot about it just by reading this book. I found out things that I couldn’t believe like how people didn’t think the world revolved around the sun or how they didn’t understand electricity. It seems strange to think about really. Also, hearing about how the guillotine was used was, if I may say so, pretty frightening, but it’s also a part of history. Yet again, I salute Dunn for doing, what must have been a lot of interesting research.

Dangerous Remedy, despite starting off slow for me, ending up being an exciting, thrilling read that had me hooked overall. The diversity and astounding character building really brought out it’s uniqueness, and after that ending I am desperate to read the sequel!

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