Something about dead leaves and cooler weather makes me want to curl up with a warm drink and a creepy book. Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series is a delightfully creepy series. So when they announced a fourth book, A Map of Days, in the YA series, the drool started dripping from my mouth. (Too visual? Too bad.) For fans of the series, you won’t be disappointed.
When Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children released, I was equal parts excited and terrified of the book (mostly because the cover clearly personifies the tone of the series). But once I cracked the cover, I became a superfan as well as my daughters. And when Tim Burton made the movie, we went opening night. Now it’s been some time since Library of Souls released and I sorta worried I would need to reread the series. But the anticipation levels were too high and I jumped right into A Map of Days.
To my delight, Ransom Riggs reminds the reader of all the characters and how the last book ended, so I never felt lost. And A Map of Days picks up six weeks after where the Library of Souls ended, so there isn’t a big gap for the characters either. If you want to reread, go for it, but it isn’t necessary. If you want a quick refresher, watch Jesse the Reader recap the three books: Miss Peregrine’s Home, Hollow City, and Library of Souls.
More About A Map of Days
After defeating the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him. But a discovery of a secret bunker below Jacob’s grandfather’s house interrupts their carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons.
Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited. He uncovers truths about himself long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.
Thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom, Jacob and friends face new wonders and dangers in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, A Map of Days is an all-new, multi-era American adventure.
Watch the A Map of Days Book Trailer Below:
Why I loved A Map of Days
Jacob and the Peculiars are now in America. They travel across The East Coast hopping between loops and dipping into interesting time periods. Some of the most compelling loops to me in American History were the 60’s in the South, The Great Depression and the groovy 70’s.
Abe Portman was a badass. As Jacob travels between loops, he learns more about his grandfather. Abe was a incredibly cool Hollow Hunter back in the day. Determined to live up to his legacy, Jacob embarks on an epic adventure across The East Coast.
A Map of Days is an adventurous Easter egg hunt. As Jacob and the peculiars look for clues and accomplish mission tasks, the reader finds interesting insights into American culture and learns how the peculiars survive in the United States. In the US, the mbrynes are mostly wiped out, hollows still roam and warring peculiar clans create hostile loops.
The pictures Ransom Riggs works into the story. The book is riddled with old photos that helped shape the story. Ransom collects old photos and you can watch him explain why below:
A Map of Days is completely entertaining and lives up to the hype. Ransom Riggs is clearly setting up a new trilogy to extend the Miss Peregrine’s series to take place in the US. Love the characters, love the plot, and love the series. Already can’t wait for the next book. A Map of Days comes out Tuesday, Oct 2. You can order it now on Amazon so you can get it by Tuesday.
Want more about Ransom Riggs? Check out his cool website where he has more photos and films that he’s created. Worth the click.