A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)by Ransom Riggs Published 02 Oct 2018
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The #1 bestselling series returns with a thrilling new story arc set in America!
Vintage photographs reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition—full-color images.
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.
Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.
Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.
"A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)" Reviews
UGGHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!!!
I could seriously read 30 books in this series without getting old. I love the world, the characters, the action, the peculiarities. Even though I haven't read a book by Ransom in three years, cracking this open to page one felt like returning to an old friend and delving back into a story i'd only just put down.
I love that this book expands the characters' worldview and how their personalities begin to evolve. The way that they change and begin questioning authority and wanting to be independent feels such a natural eventuality, and it was done so organically. None of the drama or disagreements in this felt petty or unfounded. It brings up issues of identity and lost love and the complications that come with time travel that haven't been addressed in previous books, especially in previously uncharted territories like America.
Speaking of, delving into America in this book was genius. I love how Ransom was able to establish an entirely distinct world of peculiars separate from that of the UK with all different gangs, politics, and complications. Sometimes the explanation of what's going on could get confusing, but I was a huge fan of the use of time travel in this book and seeing all the different eras and cities in the US was an added bonus.
My one gripe with this series is that even though I love all the characters and I can imagine them and I think their dialogue is hilarious and genuine, they still feel somewhat at arm's length. In books like Six of Crows with big casts, there's just this spark about individual characters that makes me fall in love with them, and although I like the characters in this book, I'm just not sold on them entirely. Jacob is excluded from this because you get to see into his head a lot more, but this book is so action-focused that it feels like a lot of the side characters lose their shine because we don't know a ton about their past, and the narration typically focuses on actions instead of appearances, when I prefer the latter.
I'm so excited for all these sequels coming out to series I love and this one is definitely worth it!! It was so much fun, I came to love the characters more than I already did. Jacob's growth is remarkable and I love the new characters. I can't wait to see where this series goes.
Apparently we aren't done yet with Creepy Vintage Photos..
We are gladly will have a new adventure with the Peculiars..in Modern Times in America this time..
And we really can't wait to be back to our...Peculiardom..
The slight difference in the color of this book compared to the original trilogy is making me seriously uncomfortable.
I was so excited to see that there would be more books to this series. I absolutely loved the first three, I think it is a genius way in which to write, including vintage photographs and weaving a story through them.
When we left Jacob he had come home to Florida in which the peculiar followed suit and came to find him ending on what I thought was a lovely open ending. Well it did not stop there which I was about to find out. Oh how I have missed Ransoms writing. A Map of Days sat on my to be read shelf at the bottom as I was determined to read those before it. I flew through the other books in order to get to read it! It was very good motivation! On opening the first few crisp pages I noticed straight away that it was in colour. Yes colour! Then I started reading.
It all went a bit downhill from there. The book itself was quite slow to start I thought, I could not tell where the story was going which in this case was not good. It just felt all a bit washed out. Where is the adventure? The drama? The banding together to become a brilliant group of kids that kick ass but keep there sanity? The character development was lacking a little and I started to not like Jacob as much. He's supposed to be the hero?! It was so disappointing to not connect to this as much as I was hoping. My only thought is that this is a lead up to the next couple of books, setting the tone and the story to then go onto something magical.
I am still giving it a three stars as the concept is still amazing to me and it was enjoyable to read but just felt it lacked a lot of oomph, I am glad that this was not the first in the series as I feel most would put it down without a second thought. Fingers crossed the next is a bit more impressive.
I hardly ever cry when it comes to books. But did I cry when I found out that Ransom Riggs was working on A Map of Days? You bet I did.
(You can read the complete review on my blog!)
This novel follows the events in the previous three books. Go read those first for the best results!
The plot built up pretty slowly, but it continued to get more interesting along the way. At about page 400, the plot just… well, the only way I can describe it is like this: if the first 400 pages was like a gentle-yet-fun rollercoaster, then the last 80 pages was like the end of the rollercoaster where your stomach just drops and you’re having fun but you’re also scared for your entire life.
Everything in my little heart is longing to give this book 5 stars, just because I can… but my brain is telling me that wouldn’t be an honest review.
So 4 stars it is!
- All your favorite characters are back! And in America!
- If you think the peculiars would have difficult yet hilarious times getting to know modern America, you would be 100% correct.
- Jacob, who continues to be one of my favorite characters and is secretly the male embodiment of myself.
- The pictures! Even more of them appear, and they’re still creepy.
- More adventures! More peculiarities!
NOT REALLY A PRO OR CON:
- It didn’t start to actually get interesting until around page 90.
- If we’re going to talk about creepy levels, the pictures in this book weren’t that creepy.
- While this book did seem overly long, I remained interested throughout the whole novel and there was never an “ah yes, this is just a filler scene” moment for me.
- The ending scene? I can't say much, but: the next book may be very much different than the previous ones.
CONS (I guess):
- Have you ever read a sequel, and you just knew in your heart that something was different but you couldn’t describe it in words? That’s what this book is like.
- While I think the idea of Jacob and the peculiars trying to live in the modern world is fun, it is very truly… different than the other books. Maybe in an out-of-character sort of way. I could feel that perhaps the author moved these characters along to fit them into the story he wanted, and I’ve been secretly feeling this way for the past couple of books.
Overall, as a personal preference, I choose to see through these cons when it comes to the Peculiar Children series. Why? I don’t know. All I can say is that I relate to Jacob on so many levels, and I care about him enough to follow his character through whatever happens.
Sometimes you just feel that way about a character.
I’m still here for you, Jacob. Even if you sometimes make crazy choices.
sign me up please :D