The first official Minecraft novel is here, whether you want it or not

Back in September 2016, it was announced that a novel based on Minecraft is in the works. Penned by Max Brooks, this would be the popular franchise's first official entry in this particular field. The author of the novel is best known for his hugely popular book World War Z. A film of the same name was released in 2013, but it differed significantly from Brooks' novel.

Now, the novel, titled Minecraft: The Island has finally made its way to Microsoft's Windows 10 Books Store.

Fans of the Minecraft franchise can now purchase the first novel for $11.99. A few months ago, Mojang's Marsh Davies described it as revolving around a character who is like a "cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds."

The book's official description is as follows:

Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore!

The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island . . . like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.

In this world, the rules don’t always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed

Weighing in at 288 pages, the title's age ratings describe it as being aimed towards children 6-12 years of age. You can purchase the book for $11.99 by visiting Microsoft's Windows 10 Store as mentioned in the company's blog post here. However, it is important to note that books acquired from Microsoft's Store are DRM-protected, which means that you'll only be able to read them through the firm's Edge browser.

Source and image: Microsoft

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