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Max Brooks, author of such greats as World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide, and the graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters is stepping into the world of video game novelizations, with the recently announced Minecraft: The Island.

Minecraft maker Mojang made the announcement over the weekend during their annual Minecon convention in Anaheim, California. Entertainment Weekly spoke of the upcoming novel, stating that it “will feature a protagonist likened to a ‘cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.’”

Mojang launched Minecraft in 2009, and it has become one of the best-selling games of all time, with Mojang celebrating nearly 107 million copies sold as of earlier this year. It is still being actively developed and has spun off from the PC to include all major consoles, with virtual reality versions being announced after Mojang was purchased by Microsoft in 2104.

In the announcement from Mojang, Brand Director Lydia Winters said of Brooks:

“From our first meeting with Max, we knew he would be a perfect fit for our first foray into novels based on Minecraft. His enthusiasm and understanding of all things related to the game bring out the sense of wonder and possibility that so many players love about Minecraft – ourselves included.”

Max Brooks said in the Mojang announcement:

“I’m very excited to be part of this new venture. Finally I can justify all those hours I’ve spent playing Minecraft.”

The announcement of a novel in the Minecraft universe comes after a film adaptation was reported earlier this year, directed by Rob McElhenney, with a release set for May 24, 2019, and will be

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