Cubeworld by Karl Olsberg
Published: June 16, 2013
Summary: Marco wakes up in a very strange place and he has no memories. No memory of where he came from, where he is, or how to get out. He realizes he’s in the world of Minecraft and must survive zombies, skeletons, and killer cucumbers (creepers). Throughout the story, he regains his memories piece by piece and he must find a way out of Cubeworld.
My Thoughts: I picked up this book because it was based in the game Minecraft, and that’s all I really knew about the book. A Minecraft Novel, two of my favorite things! How could I not check it out?
In the beginning, it was all about the Minecraft: Marco is exploring, noticing he can gather materials, put those materials together to make weapons, shovels, axes, etc, and also realizing that angry mobs come out in the dark and some of them stay out in the sunlight. Amazing. If you are not familiar with the game, don’t worry because Karl Olsberg is very descriptive and paints a clear picture for you.
I found that this story was so much more than Minecraft. The characters and the story have such depth. I honestly wasn’t expecting that from the beginning, but I was so impressed with how the story formed and later resolved.
My favorite part of this book is when Marco’s adventure map leads him to the room with the switches. This part was so powerful and it’s really the glue that holds everything together.
In conclusion, I loved this book. Great, easily relatable characters, interesting and gripping storyline, descriptive and well worded. This book had me on the edge of my seat and it was difficult to put down. The only bad thing that I can say about this book would be that it was too short! I didn’t feel that things were left unanswered, I just wanted more! This book caused a “book hangover” for me. (A book hangover is the inability to start a new book because you’re still living in the last book’s world.)
I would recommend this book to you if you: like/play Minecraft, have never played or don’t know what Minecraft is, like page-turners, or are looking for a short easy read.
My Goodreads Rating: 5/5.