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Genre: Historical (with fantastical elements) Age Range: YA Star Rating: 4 stars Series: Yes - first book
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.
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This debut is a whirlwind of near-death encounters, half-thought-through plans, and heart-pounding action.
DANGEROUS REMEDY’s pacing is superb, switching between Cam and Ada’s perspectives. The really short chapters mean you never lose track of what’s happening when their stories divide and you don’t have to wait long to follow their adventures. It makes for very addictive reading, with events following one after the other without the heroes having time to breathe in their manic handful of days. (I think it’s just less than a week).
Despite the compacted timeline, there is still plenty of time for the characters to grow. The main idea is about choices – and believing in them. I really liked that Cam and Ada struggled with similar problems because it showed that there is more than one way to approach the same personal challenge and overcome them. It was such a nuanced take because of this dual approach.
My favourite relationship to watch develop was Cam and Al’s. It’s very hard to talk about it without spoilers, but I loved how my opinion of him and the way he was interacting was flipped on its head over the course of the book.
France is the in-vogue setting at the moment – and I am here for it! The revolution is such an interesting backdrop, with its social upheaval breaking down barriers but also a new, deadly elite taking control. There’s an intrinsic danger of being picked up by the revolutionaries for saying the wrong thing (or being the wrong person) layered behind the main story, one that Kat Dunn weaves in alongside the more obvious tangling with the wrong people.
Thankfully, this is the start of a series, but it’s over a year until I can read the next book (I read this at the start of February).
Read my reviews of other books by Kat Dunn:
Battalion of the Dead (this series):