A Map of Days
by Ransom Riggs
Rating: ★★★ 1/2
Published by Penguin Books Australia
Publication Date: 3rd of October, 2018
Australian RRP: $24.99
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. 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.
Three years after the publication of Library of Souls the peculiar characters crafted by Ransom Riggs return for A Map of Days, a new story in the series to be followed by a fifth and sixth book in the coming years. Jacob has returned to his home in Florida back to normal life but soon enough Miss Peregrine and the peculiar children are on his doorstep, having travelled to his home for his help in settling into the modern day world. Jacob, Emma and the rest of the children are then spun into a great mystery and new quest after they find a hidden bunker in Abe’s house filled with secrets.
I thought Library of Souls did a really great job of wrapping up the first three books and although it is a direct continuation of the series it definitely feels like a whole new series and story arc from the same characters now that the peculiars are in Jacob’s world and modern day America which is out of their comfort zone and the loop they spent so many years in. I love that during the first three books Jacob was mostly in their world and now they are in his world so it’s a whole new layout with new challenges and because of that I was easily absorbed into this book after the time away from this world.
One of my favourite parts of this book was the interaction between Jacob and Emma as they are romantically involved but she has some odd history and although she looks to be the same age as Jacob at sixteen she is actually in her eighties and exchanged letters with his grandfather, whom she loved, for many years. Obviously, this is one of the weirdest love triangles you can think of because while his grandfather moved on and grew older and had a family Emma was in her loop not aging and still very much in love with him until Jacob came into the loop. That’s explored more in this book as she comes into the modern day and sees his home and really has a chance to mourn him and his memory. I’m not sure if Jacob and Emma are endgame but they do seem to have great chemistry and I’m looking forward to seeing what else comes in the next two books!
(Thank you to Penguin Random House Australia for sending a proof copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. A Map of Days is out now in Australia!)