A Map of Days

A Map of Days

For the hardback, see ISBN13: 9780735232143.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 Florid...

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Title:A Map of Days
Author:Ransom Riggs
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Edition Language:English

A Map of Days Reviews

  • Ricky

    My reaction, when thanks to Tahereh Mafi tweeting about it, I knew this book existed and all I could say was: I. AM. DECEASED.

    The fourth book in Riggs' signature series plays out a bit like

    for me in that it's long and a little bit on the slow side sometimes, but it does a great job of expanding the world as built in the original trilogy too. Though Riggs doesn't do the four-POV route like Pierce Brown did - once again, Jacob's our sole POV character. But since he's about as new to the

    My reaction, when thanks to Tahereh Mafi tweeting about it, I knew this book existed and all I could say was: I. AM. DECEASED.

    The fourth book in Riggs' signature series plays out a bit like

    for me in that it's long and a little bit on the slow side sometimes, but it does a great job of expanding the world as built in the original trilogy too. Though Riggs doesn't do the four-POV route like Pierce Brown did - once again, Jacob's our sole POV character. But since he's about as new to the expanded peculiar world - and especially peculiar America - as the rest of us, it's to be expected that he remains our main window.

    Peculiar America didn't get any exploration in the original trilogy, and now that we're getting a glimpse of it at last, it's not hard to see why. Not unlike America in real life, it's an enormous place, but unfortunately still suffers from a certain Wild West lawlessness too. Sharp sectarian divisions among America's peculiardom also reflect the bitterness of the political landscape, especially today. It's not unusual, of course, for Riggs to draw on history to shape his story. After all, the very premise, going back to Book 1, is rooted in a nightmarish metaphor for the Holocaust turning out to be the actual monsters all along. Now that we're on US soil in several times and places, Riggs doesn't waste much time putting both peculiar and non-peculiar America on blast for a long, ugly history of racism and colonialism and subjugation of anyone remotely different. On a more positive front, though, we get a very diverse and international cast of characters, even if most of them are minor at best - but at least this book is nowhere near as predominantly white as the previous three, or the movie, for that matter.

    It's a heavy book, hard to digest at times, but Riggs does keep things light a lot of the time too. Jacob and Emma's relationship, for instance. Early on in the book, Emma ribs Jacob a bit for his lack of love experience - he's barely been kissed and is a virgin, which is par for the course given that he's always been kind of a loner (more than ever, in this book, I code him as a fellow autistic dude.) Jacob, in his internal monologue, talks about how much he knows he shouldn't internalize his virginity as a failure, and yet he can't help himself. But at least Emma knows the right thing to say to him, complimenting him for being careful with his heart.

    I won't spoil anything about the developments in the plot or subplots, except to say that not unlike the very first book (and to a lesser extent, the second), there's a particularly diabolical weapons-grade cliffhanger.

    As the peculiar world grows, everything explodes, and we're all guaranteed to never see anything about any of our faves the same way again.

    is Ransom Riggs' most timely novel yet, and I'll be eagerly awaiting the fifth book in the series - though remembering the long gaps between books in the original trilogy, it'll be an unbearable wait.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    UGGHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!!!

    I could seriously read 30 books in this series without getting old. I love the world, the characters, the action, the peculiarities. Even though I haven't read a book by Ransom in three years, cracking this open to page one felt like returning to an old friend and delving back into a story i'd only just put down.

    I love that this book expands the characters' worldview and how their personalities begin to evolve. The way that they change and begin questioning a

    UGGHHHH I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW!!!!

    I could seriously read 30 books in this series without getting old. I love the world, the characters, the action, the peculiarities. Even though I haven't read a book by Ransom in three years, cracking this open to page one felt like returning to an old friend and delving back into a story i'd only just put down.

    I love that this book expands the characters' worldview and how their personalities begin to evolve. The way that they change and begin questioning authority and wanting to be independent feels such a natural eventuality, and it was done so organically. None of the drama or disagreements in this felt petty or unfounded. It brings up issues of identity and lost love and the complications that come with time travel that haven't been addressed in previous books, especially in previously uncharted territories like America.

    Speaking of, delving into America in this book was genius. I love how Ransom was able to establish an entirely distinct world of peculiars separate from that of the UK with all different gangs, politics, and complications. Sometimes the explanation of what's going on could get confusing, but I was a huge fan of the use of time travel in this book and seeing all the different eras and cities in the US was an added bonus.

    My one gripe with this series is that even though I love all the characters and I can imagine them and I think their dialogue is hilarious and genuine, they still feel somewhat at arm's length. In books like Six of Crows with big casts, there's just this spark about individual characters that makes me fall in love with them, and although I like the characters in this book, I'm just not sold on them

    . Jacob is excluded from this because you get to see into his head a lot more, but this book is so action-focused that it feels like a lot of the side characters lose their shine because we don't know a ton about their past, and the narration typically focuses on actions instead of appearances, when I prefer the latter.

    I'm so excited for all these sequels coming out to series I love and this one is definitely worth it!! It was so much fun, I came to love the characters more than I already did. Jacob's growth is remarkable and I love the new characters. I can't wait to see where this series goes.

  • Harley

    Wow, wow and

    . I was

    nervous that this book would be worlds different from the original trilogy but it wasn't, it was perfect.

    Firstly, the characters, oh my goodness, I

    them

    . We got to know them on such a deeper level and I was not expecting that. I am still

    emotional about this, I'm literally smiling non-stop right now. They are all so unique in their own little ways and it makes my heart very happy.

    Going into this book, I hadn't the slightest clue what it was ab

    Wow, wow and

    . I was

    nervous that this book would be worlds different from the original trilogy but it wasn't, it was perfect.

    Firstly, the characters, oh my goodness, I

    them

    . We got to know them on such a deeper level and I was not expecting that. I am still

    emotional about this, I'm literally smiling non-stop right now. They are all so unique in their own little ways and it makes my heart very happy.

    Going into this book, I hadn't the slightest clue what it was about, I just adore this series

    much I didn't care, I just needed to be with the characters in a new story but I was not disappointed. We get to know a completely different side of the peculiar world and it was so, so, amazing! After the original trilogy ended

    with no unanswered questions, I was worried about not being too invested in this story but it is so gripping. I didn't want to put it down.

    Honestly, I can't fault it; the pacing was perfect, the writing beautiful, the characters so lovable. I am immensely happy. And I

    that if we don't get the next book soon, I will lose my mind because

    ending, oh my goodness.

    Ransom Riggs, you have ruined me once again.

  • Jessie_Book

    When I started this book my main thought was "this is way to big". After finishing it all I can think about is how I want more. This book definitely has a different feel than the previous trilogy, but in all the best ways. It is a great continuation of the story. You get so wrapped up in the world that the pages just fly by. I'm excited to see where the series will go from here!

  • Xandra (TheBookBlogBattle)

    I hardly ever cry when it comes to books. But did I cry when I found out that Ransom Riggs was working on

    ?

     

    The plot built up pretty slowly, but it continued to get more interesting along the way. At about page 400, the plot just… well, the only way I can describe it is like this:

    I hardly ever cry when it comes to books. But did I cry when I found out that Ransom Riggs was working on

    ?

     

    The plot built up pretty slowly, but it continued to get more interesting along the way. At about page 400, the plot just… well, the only way I can describe it is like this:

    Everything in my little heart is longing to give this book 5 stars, just because I can… but my brain is telling me that wouldn’t be an honest review. 

    - All your favorite characters are back! And in America! 

    - If you think the peculiars would have difficult yet hilarious times getting to know modern America, you would be 100% correct. 

    - Jacob, who continues to be one of my favorite characters and

    - The pictures! Even more of them appear, and they’re still creepy.

    - More adventures! More peculiarities!

    - It didn’t start to

    get interesting until around page 90.

    - If we’re going to talk about creepy levels, the pictures in this book weren’t that creepy.

    - While this book did seem overly long, I remained interested throughout the whole novel and there was never an “ah yes, this is just a filler scene” moment for me.  

    - The ending scene? I can't say much, but:

    - Have you ever read a sequel, and you just

    in your

    that something was different but you couldn’t describe it in words? That’s what this book is like.

    - While I think the idea of Jacob and the peculiars trying to live in the modern world is fun, it is very truly…

    than the other books. Maybe in an out-of-character sort of way. I could feel that perhaps the author moved these characters along to fit them into the story he wanted, and I’ve been secretly feeling this way for the past couple of books. 

    Overall, as a personal preference, I choose to see through these cons when it comes to the

    series. Why? I don’t know. All I can say is that I relate to Jacob on so many levels, and I care about him enough to follow his character through whatever happens. 

    Sometimes you just feel that way about a character. 

     

  • Phrynne

    And so our trilogy continues into book 4! Well if you are on to a good thing why not?

    I enjoyed this one nearly as much as the very first book. It was long but easy to read and the pages seemed to race past. The characters are growing up and there are some very interesting scenes as a result. How would you feel if you used to date the grandfather of the boy you are now seeing? And how does he cope when he thinks you still love his (dead) granddad. This is the sort of problem you can come across w

    And so our trilogy continues into book 4! Well if you are on to a good thing why not?

    I enjoyed this one nearly as much as the very first book. It was long but easy to read and the pages seemed to race past. The characters are growing up and there are some very interesting scenes as a result. How would you feel if you used to date the grandfather of the boy you are now seeing? And how does he cope when he thinks you still love his (dead) granddad. This is the sort of problem you can come across when you used to live in a time loop.

    There's an excellent story, more of those lovely, weird photos and a fantastic ending which leaves the door wide open for more great action. I am already looking forward to book 5!

  • Neil (or bleed)

    NO.

  • Mohammed Arabey
  • Nick

    Wow have I been living under a rock this all time? I had no idea this existed.

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