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We need to be very clear: I’m not writing the Minecraft book. I’m writing a Minecraft book. If the folks from Halo called me to write the Halo book, I could do that, but you cannot write the Minecraft Book.

Max Brooks on Minecraft: The Island[1]

Minecraft: The Island is a novel by American author Max Brooks,[2] which was published by Del Rey Books on July 18, 2017.[3] Two audiobooks were also released on the same day, with narration provided by Jack Black and Samira Wiley, respectively.

The novel is followed by two sequels, one titled Minecraft: The Mountain, which was released on March 2, 2021, and one titled Minecraft: The Village, which is slated to be released on October 17, 2023.


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


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Spoiler warning! This section contains detailed information about Minecraft: The Island that may spoil your enjoyment of it. Read at your own risk!

Chapters 1–11

Chapters 12–22 and Epilogue


  • Minecraft: The Island is the first official Minecraft novel to be announced at a MINECON.



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