This week’s Book Snap is A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs. It is the fourth book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children Series, which started with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in 2011. Peculiars are gifted with unusual abilities or characteristics. Olive needs to wear weighted shoes so that she doesn’t float off into space. Claire has two mouths, Millard is invisible and Emma can conjure fire out of her fingertips. Jacob, new to the peculiar world, discovers that he is able to control Hollowgasts, the terrifying invisible monsters who hunt the peculiars.
To protect the peculiar children, their guardians, called ymbrynes, created time loops, a safe place for peculiar children to live. However life in the time loops never changes, meaning the children are trapped in a specific time in history and never age.
The series was inspired by Riggs’ collection of vintage snapshots. Noticing the many pictures of unknown strange looking children, Riggs was motivated to create a story for them. The snapshots – some funny, some unusual, and some downright creepy – are featured throughout the books.
From the first book, I have really enjoyed the world of peculiars and with the fifth book in the series, The Conference of the Birds, just released, it was time to finally catch up and read book 4.