A Map of Days: The Fourth Novel of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children / Ransom Riggs / 480 pgs / Horror Fiction, Young Adult, Dark Fantasy
Jacob and the Peculiars are back, but after the adventures they have experienced and the war they have fought in, living a normal life is turning out be be harder than expected. After their attempts are interrupted by a massive discovery of Jacobs inherited legacy, they’re on the move again, but in a land of peculiars they know nothing about; America. Relationships will be tested, loyalty will be questioned, and Jacob must make a choice that will forever change his life.
I can’t even express my excitement right now….. If you guys were smarter than me and saw this when it came out I imagine you’ve been expecting this… and you will not be disappointed………
LANGUAGE:The language was pretty light, no strong words and not very often
VOLENCE:The violence wasn’t anything crazy, there is one scene that is quite disturbing, but it’s pretty much the only one.The scene is near the end, in which a hollowgast eats someone’s eyes. The act itself is not described, just what it looked like afterward and the hollowgast eating them.
QUALITY:The quality did not disappoint. I was worried after the ending of the last book, but he did a good job. The writing was asstrange and fascinating as always, and his character development was excellent.
OVERALL RATING: I enjoyed this immensely, it comes very close to first place with Hollow City, having the setting in the United States was so cool!It answered so many unanswered questions from the previous volumes, which made me very happy. I am slightly worried about where Riggs intends to take it, I still haven’t forgiven him for the ending of book 3, so I read carefully, not carrying any expectations.
I was very surprised when I saw this book. I had assumed Riggs was done but when I saw it whilewalking through Barnes and Noble, Igrabbed it so fast I didn’t even know what the setting of the story was. I read the book very quickly, and I was filled with the same excitement I was filled with when I read the others. Even more so because I’ve never read a book where the setting was after a war. He carried his plot line out very well, and answered many questions that were left unanswered. It’s interesting to me, how he messed up the ending to book 3 so terribly, but everything else is still amazing. I’m still inclined to believe that ending wasn’t his fault… There had to have been some extenuating circumstances…….
Anyway! For a more detailed review….
Like previously stated, language was not an issue. I read very quickly so obviously I don’t remember every bad word spoken, but I do remember it being very light.
This is always hard with this series, because there isn’t really a lot of outright violence, but there are many dark scenes. This one is a different kind of dark. The others were easy because they were mindless crazy creatures eating people, that’s easy to imagine away, but Map of Days is different because you’re dealing with people in the United States that have had no actual guiding government. They have been ruled by gangs, and many sections are survival of the fittest. So there are many scenes that have a heavy presence, people who carry dark secrets, habits, tendencies, however you want to put it, but I don’t remember there being any actual violent scenes.
There is ONE scene however that can be. A hollowgast eats a person’s eyes. The act istelf is not described, the character witnessing it turns away, however whats left is described (meaning the eye sockets, as well as the hollowgast chewing on them). This is probably the most violent scene, and it happens very quickly.
Despite Riggs’ landslide in book 3, there was nothing wrong with the quality in this one. If I had to complain about anything, its Jacob’s relationship with his parents. Now technically, this volume did a better job than the others, but let me just explain what I’m complaining about. Everything in his books has a purpose, hasaplace. Everything just falls together, but with Jacob’s parents, it felt very strained. I don’t mean strained in the sense that Jacob didn’t get along well with his parents, I mean in the way it’s written, I actually feel Riggs personally struggled to write it. It’s hard to describe, and I can’t really say it’s a flaw, it could totally be intentional, but you know when you read or watch something where the main character gains some type of ability and when it comes to revealing to the parents it seems unrealistic? Cheesy almost? It’s a bit like that. I can’t really picture Jacob’s parents, and that kind of bothers me a bit.
It’s nothing terrible, but it has consistently bothered me. I will say that despite LOVING this book, I am worried. Something was brought up in the end (not saying so I don’t spoil anything!) that could be a potential landslide. Now, I’m not assuming the worst, I enjoyed this book too much and ithas so much potential I can’t even be mad. So, I read carefully, but I will have fun.
At this point if you’ve read this far I don’t need to tell you to keep going, because you will! However, if you’re a random reader on my blog here and happened upon this, you need to go back and look for book 1. Read that review and decide then if you want to read this series. This is a bizarre series, but I will say it again, I’ve NEVER read anything like this. I guess that might not mean much, I obviously haven’t read every book out there, but out of all the books I’ve read since I was a child, I’ve never encountered a story like this. That is a special feat, and I think that’s reason enough to read it.
However, this story is dark. It’s heavy and it can cover some intense subjects. This particular volume is dark. These kids are traveling through America, dealing with groups of peculiars that have little to no morals (obviously not all but most of them). But there was so much covered in here that I loved. First, I’ve never read a book that was set after a war. So I’m not used to reading about the recovery. Also, it was highly fascinating watching where Riggs was taking it with American Peculiars, and I gotta say, he did it brilliantly. As someone born and raised in America, it was pretty good. Obviously different time period so I can’t be sure but I thought it was a pretty decent portrayal.
But I think my favorite part, like, I was literally tickled pink when reading it, was Jacob’s choice. Now, that’s all I’m going to say about it, because I don’t want to give away spoilers, and this is something literally brought up and answered at the end, so I ain’t sayin’ nothing, but I will say thatRiggs executed SO well, I mean, I can’t express it enough, I was so impressed, and I really felt Jacob’s struggle and realization, it was incredible. I don’t know what’s happening but I haven’t enjoyed a book like this in a long time. There are so many books that I’ve read that I love, but not many of them can I say anything there isn’t anything bad about them, there’s always something I find to criticize (and if we want to be technical, I criticize his ending to book 3 so…) but other than that, I love this series. It’s so well written, it’s so unique, and I’m tellin’ ya, it’s impressive to take hundreds of photos that literally have NOTHING in common, and connect them so fluidly, it’s extremely impressive. While also maintaining his plot and character development.
I think I need to calm down now, I imagine the people out there who don’t like this series are probably having a million comeback in their head rightnow, and that’s fair, totally fair. This is a weird dark book, and ya, his ending in book 3 was a train wreck. But! All I can say is what I feel about the book, the next step is for you to decide whether it’s your thing. Anyway, I hope you go for it, and good luck. Enjoy!
PS. I will do a Ponderings on this, I mean, how could I not. Can’t promise when, I think I might reread it again to get everything set straight, but there will be a Ponderings on it for sure.