A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children)

by Ransom Riggs

Paperback, 2019

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Dutton Books for Young Readers (2019), Edition: Reprint, 496 pages

Description

Fantasy. Young Adult Fiction. Young Adult Literature. HTML: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. *Includes a Bonus PDF with haunting vintage photographs that reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition�full-color images..… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2018-10-02

Physical description

496 p.; 8 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member CherylGrimm
Out of the loop and into the present future of Jacob’s home, the peculiars are tasked with learning to be normal to fit in. Not as easy as it may sound.

While taking a walk down memory lane, via Jacob’s grandfather’s home, they find a secret bunker and his book of missions and cohorts in
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completing them. When they gain contact with one, professing the desire to continue the work (of ridding the world of the evils known to Peculiardom) they are sent on test tasks to prove their worth. The two loops they visit have a slew of colorful characters, some not so friendly, but mostly receptive.

But the primary mission is to find and rescue an “undocumented” peculiar, one that as the story progresses, seems to be of great significance. Engaging the “clans” of American Peculiars, and not in a welcoming manor, that leg is accomplished. But not with out conflict and casualties, or the loss of friends.

The ending is a cliffhanger and I hope Mr Riggs is quick with the next installment, cuz as intense as the final scene is...it’s kinda cruel to leave us hanging too long.
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LibraryThing member feeroberts64
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is the fourth book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Jacob Portman is back in Florida trying to convince his parents that everything is fine.

This story picks up where the third installment left off. I absolutely love how the author uses old vintage
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photos to create his story. So brilliant, and fun to read, this series has become one of my all time favorite stories.
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LibraryThing member Sarah_Gruwell
When I heard that Riggs was writing a new Peregrine trilogy, my anticipation was through the roof. I was ready and willing to dive back into the world of Peculiar-dom with vigor. So as soon as the new book hit Amazon, I put that pre-order in ASAP and got reading as soon as I got it. For the most
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part, Riggs has hit a home run again. There are a few blips that bugged me, but at the prospect of more Peculiar works, I’m still game.

I adored seeing Peculiar-dom explored in America. In ways it’s a far darker place than Wight/Hollow haunted Europe as it’s Peculiar on Peculiar cruelty. The way history developed in America was FAR different than Europe due to the continuing absence of certain people and the history of racism in 19th century and early 20th America. I was kept enthralled by this history and world building, a specialty that Riggs seems to excel in.

Exploring Abe’s background and getting more details and what he really did in Peculiar America made for fascinating background and plot elements. Rigg’s suspenseful storytelling never lets up as Abe and his cohorts travel north from Florida on new missions and discoveries into Abe’s past. I couldn’t help but be pulled forward chapter by chapter as the story was masterfully told.

I also enjoyed exploring Jacob’s continuing development. Riggs does a great job in showing how Jacob starts to chafe at his status in the European Peculiar world and the continuing restrictions placed by the Ymbryne overseers of that world. He’s finding his footing in his powers and his identity as a Peculiar all while still showing traits true to his true age, that of a teenager. He’s still head strong, impulsive, and at times, childish. However, I can start to see the man he’s going to become.

The one aspect I didn’t get as much enjoyment out of was Jacob’s traveling companions. Not that I didn’t enjoy more of his cadre of Peculiar friends from across the pond but it almost felt kinda random, their inclusion into the story. While elements of the story did hinge on the peculiarities of the specific individuals, I feel like the story could have been told with less individuals to put in an opinion. It almost felt like the author was just trying to keep this new book tied to the first trilogy rather than incorporating those characters into a new story arc.

I felt like the story would have been served better if he’d shed his travel companions faster. By the end, we do have Jacob firmly on his new journey; yet I felt he could have started on that new journey sooner with more exploration given to his new situation and companions. The whole thing with him and Emma just really drove me up a tree. While a part of his growing up and shedding his old identity, it felt like an add on detail that I could have done without.

Despite this little quibble, I felt this was a great new addition to the Peculiar series. With Jacob firmly on his new journey and with more maturity under his belt, I feel like his continuing adventures will keep me entertained for far into the future. I look forward to exploring Peculiar-dom in American in far greater details and can’t wait for book two!
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LibraryThing member babs605
An enjoyable read. Like the others, I thought that some parts were too pat, like he couldn't figure out an interesting way to end the drama going on at that time, so it was "saved in the nick of time". But all in all, I'd recommend the entire series ad an entertaining read.
LibraryThing member booklover3258
Ahh book number 4. We all thought it was going to be a trilogy but surprise!
This one was my least favorite in the series. It was a long read and Jacob was so annoying in it from beginning to end. The saving grace was the other peculiars and the adventures they went on. The ending was also spot on
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and of course was left wide open for book 5 to peek through.
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LibraryThing member briandrewz
Like other reviewers of this book, this one installment of the Miss Peregrine series that I have mixed feelings about. I had thought that the previous entry into the series would be the last one. This one was a surprise. A Map of Days sees Jake Portman and his band of peculiar children out to
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rescue American peculiars left to fend for themselves after the death of his grandfather. I did not like the ending, but I will most definitely be pressing on with the series as I have to know how it ends.
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LibraryThing member Berly
[A Map of Days] #4 in the series by Ransom Riggs 4.5

I loved this one so much I finished this book and immediately purchased the next in the series!!

In this installment, Jacob Porter tries to teach his Peculiar friends how to be "normal" so they can fit in and hide their special powers around
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everyday people. He also learns more about his favorite grandfather's secret life which then propels him on a secret mission to save a fellow Peculiar in America. Mystery, humor, adventure...what's not to like?!
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LibraryThing member wagner.sarah35
A good book, but I didn't really enjoy this one as much as the previous three books in the series. The main storyline had concluded in the third book, so this one felt like a continuation that was attempting to explore new territory (America) with the same set of familiar characters. It's a formula
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that can work and it mostly does, but I didn't find this book quite as compelling as I had hoped.
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LibraryThing member thereserose5
This was a great introduction back into the world of Peculiar Children! I can't wait to see where it goes next.
LibraryThing member LynnMPK
The fourth installment of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series starts off right where book 3 left us. I loved spending time with the peculiar kids again. So much so, that around page 120 I realized that not much of anything plot-wise had happened, but I didn't really care.

If you didn't really
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like the first three books or thought they were only okay, then the continuation of this series may not be for you. The third book has a satisfying enough ending, and this is really much more of a new plot rather than a continuation of the story from the first three books.
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Pages

496

Rating

½ (176 ratings; 3.9)
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