In my What To Do When You Don’t Like a Book post, I shared that I did not like Library of Souls, but I was looking forward to reading A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs since I wanted to know where the story would go next. Was the series able to redeem itself?
A Map of Days is the 4th book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, but it is the first book of the new story arc. A Map of Days picks up where Library of Souls ended and Jacob is back in Florida with his peculiar friends. While Jacob is trying to help his friends fit in the modern world, they end up discovering Jacob’s grandfather’s secret bunker and finding clues about his double life as a peculiar operative. Jacob and his friends are then flung into the peculiar world in America where adventure and danger await. I found the plot of A Map of Days to be more-action packed than Library of Souls, but the beginning is a bit slow since it deals with the aftermath of Library of Souls in the Devil’s Acre time loop. The book does pick up and follows Jacob and his friends on a road trip adventure in America. Since the previous 3 books of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series were mainly set in England and Wales, I enjoyed seeing the peculiar world in America where instead of time loops with ymbrynes, there are gangs and loop keepers. Like with the previous books, the story is told from Jacob’s point of view, and I found him likable since he is just trying to figure out where he fits in – the peculiar world or the modern world. A Map of Days also follows the same peculiar children from the first book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children including Emma, Bronwyn, and Millard who are now aging one day at a time in the modern world after living in a time loop. Miss Peregrine is also a prominent figure in the book, but we are introduced to new characters in peculiar America as well as new time loops. We also learn much more about Jacob’s grandfather who died in the first book of the series. The ending of this book was a huge cliffhanger, but it sets up the 5th book, The Conference of the Birds nicely. I listened to the audiobook of A Map of Days on Libby, and it was narrated by Kirby Heyborne who is the same voice actor from the Library of Souls audiobook. It was nice that Jacob had the same voice from the previous book, and Kirby also changed his voice to match each character. However, since I listened to the audiobook, I did not have access to the vintage photos that are big part of the story along with the rest of the series. If you do decide to read this book, I definitely recommend the paperback or hardback version since the photos do add another element to the story. So did A Map of Days redeem the series? I would say so!
Overall, A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is a fun novel exploring the peculiar world in America, but the beginning of the book is a bit slow.
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Have you read any of the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children books or watched the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children?