League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis
Published: August 8th, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. . . .When seventeen-year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it. First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor. His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name. Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.
“We all die, Jasper. The question is, what will we die pursuing, and is that cause worthy of our lives?”
This was an interesting story. The first half was a little dull to get into but once it picked up it really got interesting. I love historical fiction so much but, American history doesn’t excite me that much. Matthew Landis really got me interested in the topic though. I never thought I would enjoy reading about the American Revolution as much as I did. The cast of characters was so fun to read about they were all so different and distinct. It was a really big mystery and I liked trying to figure out what was happening.
The writing was pretty good for a debut novel. There is always room for improvement and I have no doubt that Mr. Landis will get better. I felt that things would go way too fast at times and I didn’t get to process what was happening. I mean it was awesome because it wasn’t super slow but it wasn’t paced well. The plot and premise were so cool and I loved it so much. It was a dope story and it had some flaws but it was enjoyable none the less.
“And there was a future, a place he hadn’t even let his thoughts wander to before now because it had always seemed too elusive or too horrible to think about. But he was in it now — the rest of the story. Post-epilogue; or was it Chapter One? Whatever came next had to be better because it was exactly that: next.”
1) Jasper’s Character & Growth
I liked his smart-ass sarcastic attitude. He was super comical. I really loved how the author showed the truth in someone not knowing how to handle a gun. I hate how sometimes in movies someone who has never held a gun or shot someone will automatically know everything. The author showed how Jasper really struggled with the thought of killing someone and being scared of holding a gun. But, I loved seeing the growth in his character and how he did what he had to when the time was ready.
2) The Mystery of the Novel
The moment the story started there was an air of mystery. I liked not knowing what would happen and the multiple SHUT UP NO WAY moments were amazing like the one with Sheldon (sad sad sad). I like guessing what might happen and seeing if I was right or wrong.
3) The Characters
The ensemble of characters was great because everyone had a distinct personality and voice even with the story being told in Jasper’s pov. I feel like I still would’ve known who the author was speaking about even without the names. They were all also incredibly hilarious. The kids reminded me of the kids from IT.
4) The Cute Romance
It was slow burning and I actually wasn’t expecting it. I didn’t see it coming because it wasn’t front and center the plot was the main focus. The author didn’t center his story on it but rather weaved it into the overall plot.
5) Historically Accurate
I liked how the author gave us notes at the end to see how many things were accurate to history. As someone who loves history and historical fiction, this pleased me very much.
1) Dull Beginning
It is an enjoyable story but, I probably wouldn’t reach for it tons of times because the beginning is sort of a bore. It was a chore to read because it wasn’t exciting. A lot was happening but not in that action-packed way it was more like when you have a busy day but you’re still bored. Now when it got about half way it picked up and got a lot better and ended on a high note.
2) The Pace
It’s not that it’s slow because as I stated a lot happens but it’s almost too rushed. Since it’s not action packed it’s like the story was moving from one thing to the next but you can’t enjoy anything that is happening. One minute you’re at Jasper’s dad’s funeral the next he’s being almost killed. It was just too fast. It wasn’t paced in a way that kept you on your toes but also let you enjoy what was taking place.
3) Son’s of Liberty
This didn’t take away stars lol I just didn’t like these people. I felt their whole issue/deal was so stupid lol. The whole traitor issue was literally so long ago I thought these people needed a life.
Well, I hope you liked this review. I enjoyed the book and recommend it to people who enjoy historical fiction. What are some historical novels you’ve read?