Century acquires first ever official Minecraft novel series


New York Times #1 Bestseller Max Brooks to pen first standalone Minecraft novel for summer 2017

Century are delighted to announce the acquisition of a major new fiction series.

The series, which is Minecraft’s first move into fiction, will be launched in summer 2017 with the first standalone novel Minecraft: The Island, penned by Max Brooks, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of World War Z.

Each novel in the series will take the reader deep into the richly imagined world of Minecraft, which has been played by over 100 million people globally.

In the tradition of iconic stories like Robinson Crusoe and Treasure IslandMinecraft: The Island tells the story of a new hero stranded in the world of Minecraft, who must survive the harsh, unfamiliar environment and unravel the secrets of the island.

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

“From our first meeting with Max, we knew he would be a perfect fit for our first foray into novels based on Minecraft,” said Lydia Winters, Brand Director of Mojang, the developers behind 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.”

Ben Brusey, Deputy Publisher at Century said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the team at Mojang to publish the Minecraft novels. The game is a cultural phenomenon and the scope of this new series is simply massive. These novels will delight anyone who loves the game, and for the first time in fiction form will also take Minecraft to the broadest possible readership. To have someone of Max’s incredible talent and passion on board for the first standalone novel of the series is a dream pairing and we are honoured to be publishing him. This summer will be a major fiction event and Minecraft fans and new readers alike are in for a treat!”

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