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100 Cupboards (The 100 Cupboards) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Twelve-year-old Henry York wakes up one night to find bits of plaster in his hair. Two knobs have broken through the wall above his bed and one of them is slowly turning . . .Henry scrapes the plaster off the wall and discovers cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he can hear the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing roomâwith a man pacing back and forth! Henry soon understands that these are not just cupboards, but portals to other worlds.
100 Cupboards is the first book of a new fantasy adventure, written in the best world-hopping tradition and reinvented in N. D. Wilsonâs inimitable style.
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I liked the description of Henry, Kansas (the multiple uses of the name 'Henry' did get old pretty quick) in the beginning, but the story could just as easily have taken place in the middle of Florida or Vermont for all the influence the location had on the plot.
The first part of the book was slow, which is unfortunate because the last few chapters had a ton of stuff crammed into them and i didn't feel like i fully understood what was going on. I really don't get why it took more than half the book to get to the traveling to other worlds promised on the back description -- imagine if the Pevensies didn't get to Narnia until 2/3rds of the way through The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe!
Speaking of traveling to other worlds, there's not really a whole lot of that going on here. Having read the entire trilogy by now, i can confidently say the title 100 Cupboards is misleading. Based on the number of cupboards visited and explored in the whole series, it should have been called something like 3 Cupboards.
The characters were moderately interesting, but none were particularly relatable. Henry comes off as super blasé about his parents a) having been kidnapped and b) (spoiler warning) not actually being his parents (end spoiler), Henrietta displays a lack of common sense without any accompanying character traits to explain it, the villain was creepy but i don't know who she was or what she wanted, and the near-end reactions of Penelope and Anastasia both struck me as out of place.
I went on to read the sequels, but i kind of wish i hadn't bothered. They turned out to have the exact same problems: murky plots, an excess of uninteresting characters in poorly-explored places with unexplained magic.
As a 12-year-old boy, Henry York, who is staying with his uncle and aunt, discovers the cupboards in his uncle’s attic with his cousin Henrietta and friends (like Zeke, Penelope, and Anastasia). It all starts when Henry hears alarming noises in his wall and begins cutting away the plaster to seek what is beyond. Finding the cupboards, he endeavors to enter the portal into a new world. They meet dangerous witches and mystical wizards, but most importantly they learn the meaning of friendship and redemption. The children also learn some surprising facts about their family that they never knew!
As these cupboards and their secrets are unlocked, N.D. Wilson keeps his readers glued to the book – I couldn’t put it down! The 100 Cupboards novel is bursting with wonder and excitement as young Henry unlocks the secrets of ages past. As a 12-year-old myself, this story helps me to learn the importance of courage, perseverance, and friendship. As I learn of these deeds, I also enjoy the fantastic tale of the 100 cupboards!
I advise anyone that does not have a good summer book to read 100 Cupboards! I love to read these books over and over again, and I hope you will too! Now stop reading this, and go unlock the cupboards!