Title: A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #4)
Author: Ransom Riggs
Original Publication Date: October 02, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Fiction
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
MY MINI REVIEW
I am so in love with this series to the point where I believe Ransom Riggs can do no wrong. I am on board for it all.
In the beginning of A Map of Days, I felt like I was being babied a bit too much. The writing seemed juvenile— everything was being overly explained and rehashed over and over. It was awhile before I was able to ease into the story and get completely lost in the pages. When things really got rolling though, I couldn’t put the book down! The detailed scenery and new characters were so fun to learn about and imagine in my head. The colored photos included were just glorious (I personally loved the one of the Baroness the most). There was a good amount of light, laugh-out-loud moments in the midst of all the dark and sometimes, gorey, scenes but, best of all, there was never a shortage of heart-pounding action! While this novel was already quite long, I still wanted more at the end! If you’re looking for a happy, tied up ending: look elsewhere… the cliffhanger we are left with is excruciating… but, I’m not mad. I just cannot wait for the next installment. There are SO many unanswered questions and I am excited for Jacob’s love life (I’m so happy with the way things went for him in that department).
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Dates Read: October 16-October 24, 2018
MY FAVORITE QUOTES
“I didn’t know what our future held, but in that moment it was enough just to believe we had one.”
“Maybe they had blocked what happened last night from their minds. That can happen sometimes, when an isolated event so thoroughly disagrees with a person’s concept of reality.”
“‘I’m fine,’ I said. I was not, but I did not yet know how to talk about it.”
“Horace made something amazing from what remained of the stolen groceries, and then I introduced them to the time-honored American tradition of eating in front of the television.”
“All my life, normal people had mostly baffled me–the ridiculous ways they strove to impress one another, the mediocre goals that seemed to drive them, the banality of their dreams. The way people rejected anything that didn’t fit their narrow paradigm of acceptability, as if those who thought or acted or dressed or dreamed differently from them were a threat to their very existence. That, more than anything, was why I had felt so alone growing up. Things that normal people thought were important, I thought were dumb.”
“‘The past is so much less terrifying than the future,’ he explained after some coaxing. ‘Even the most terrible era of the past is at least knowable. It can be studied. The world survived it. But in the present, one never knows when the whole world could come to a terrible crashing end.'”
“That made sense. But it didn’t make me feel less hurt.”
“I tried not to think about it. I tried to lose myself in the rhythm of the road. But the hurt was always there, throbbing just above the threshold of ignorability, painful enough to distract me a little at all times.”
“‘Wow, you must really fancy her,’ Enoch said. ‘Caring how you smell? That’s almost love.’”
“War is a germ that can rarely be contained. It would surely spread.”
“Sometimes imperfect situations must be tolerated in order to achieve a greater good.”