Jacob and the Peculiars are back in the fourth installment of the MISS PEREGRINE’S PECULIAR CHILDREN series, A MAP OF DAYS.
After making the tough decision to return to Florida and leave his friends behind, Jacob is in for a huge surprise. Miss Peregrine, Emma, and more of everyone’s favorite Peculiars travel to the current world and find Jacob. As thrilled as he is, Jacob is also confused. It seems a loop collapsed, which reset the internal clocks of the Peculiars. In doing so, the threat of the Peculiars aging at an alarming rate was eliminated, so they are safe in the 21st century.
Jacob marvels at having the Peculiars, particularly Emma, in his world. They eat pizza for the first time. They go clothes shopping so that they’ll blend in a little more. But it’s not long until the past comes calling. On an outing, Jacob, Emma, and a few others come across Jacob’s grandpa’s house, which is more or less abandoned. As a show of respect, they spend the day cleaning it up–and end up finding something that changes everything.
I’ve been a fan of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for a while and was thrilled to hear that he decided to expand upon the original trilogy. As with the novels that precede it, A Map Of Days brings a sense of adventure, heart-warming friendships, and lovable humor. The reader gets to enjoy many of the same characters they already adore and meet new, endearing ones. There are nearly 500 pages in A Map of Days, but Riggs’ writing makes the long journey effortless. Really, I can’t get enough of the world and characters he’s created. There seems to be no cap on his creativity when it comes to coming up with new, thrilling ways to explore Peculiars.
I was on board with the premise of A Map of Days from the get-go. How would the Peculiars fare in the present world? Immediately after hearing Riggs’ idea for the new novel, I had to know. After I began the novel, I realized Riggs made a fun concept even better than I’d expected. The surprises kept coming! I only wish there had been a little more action.The previous three novels seemed to move faster. Keeping things as spoiler-free as possible, I felt a large portion of the novel took place in one, confined space, and I would’ve liked to have a little more excitement in some of those slower pages.
RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
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.
Ransom Riggs is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children novels. Riggs was born on a farm in Maryland and grew up in southern Florida. He studied literature at Kenyon College and film at the University of Southern California. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, bestselling author Tahereh Mafi, and their family.