Minecraft: The End: An Official Minecraft Novel

Publisher
Age Range
8+
Release Date
December 03, 2019
ISBN
978-0399180729
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This official Minecraft novel is an epic battle for survival! When humans enter the End, a pair of endermen must decide which side they’re really on.

For as long as they can remember, the twin endermen Fin and Mo have lived in the mysterious land of the End. On the outskirts of the great enderman city of Telos, they explore ancient ruins under the watchful gaze of the mighty ender dragon. They have everything they need in the end ship they call home, and know everything there is to know about their world—or so they think until the strangers from another dimension arrive.

The invaders are called humans, and they’ve come to steal artifacts and slay the ender dragon. Fin and Mo are ready to protect their home from the trespassers, but when they come face-to-face with the humans, they discover that they aren’t as prepared for battle as they’d thought. Caught off guard, the twins are trapped in the middle of a war between the endermen and the humans, with the future of their home at stake.

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Lore for All
Overall rating
 
4.0
Plot
 
4.0
Characters
 
4.0
Writing Style
 
4.0
A middle-range Middle Grade fantasy romp, written for enthusiastic gamers while remaining accessible to the Minecraft unfamiliar. The worldbuilding is simplistic, and the story itself is presented with a balance of humor and heart.

Note: This is my first Minecraft book. I've only played the game for a few hours, but I know enough from walkthroughs (and the ongoing dialogue between my kids and husband) to have a decent grasp of both relevant game mechanics and lore. And while there were some liberties taken that certain die-hard fans might take issue with, I suspect most will be able to appreciate this story for what it is.

The tale is told from the POVs of a young brother and sister set of Endermen named Mo and Fin--inhabitants of a dark dimension called The End. They have always been outsiders amongst the Endermen, due to their orphaned state. Their best and only friend Kan shares their outcast status, but because he has the unusual trait of green eyes. (As it turns out, Endermen on the whole score pretty low on empathy.) Their only other companion is their pet, Grumpo--a box-dwelling creature of limited vocabulary and infinite orneriness.

Grumpo Sidenote:
Gumpo hates everyone and everything. But you can't really help but love him for it.
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