Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior: An Unofficial Minecraft Adventure by Cube Kid, illustrated by Saboten
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016. 978-1449480059
Synopsis: As a twelve-year-old Minecraft villager, Runt’s prospects for the future don’t look too promising. That’s because his choice of professions is limited to skill sets of farming crafting, or building. What Runt REALLY wants is to be a Warrior. Like Steve. Steve’s like, the greatest warrior ever. But villagers aren’t supposed to learn how to be warriors…until now.
Why I picked it up: These Unofficial Minecraft books have been popping up everywhere, so I decided to see what the buzz was about.
Why I finished it: Okay, I have a confession to make: I have never played Minecraft. I think I’m probably one of a handful of people that is a total noob when it comes to Minecraft. What I know about the game could fit on one of those 3×3 sticky notes. So what is someone like me doing reading a book like this? How could I possibly enjoy a book about one of the most popular – and arguably the most awesome – games ever when I don’t even play the game? Well, I’ll tell you. I like stories about little guys. Not like, they are physically little or that they are young or whatever; David and Goliath sort of stories where the hero is taking on an insurmountable challenge to be able to prove to himself and his peers that he is worthy of remembrance. Runt may be worthy of his name in terms of his appearance, but he has a passion for going beyond and thinking outside the box. He realizes that although he is expected to be a miner or a blacksmith or a baker or any of the other non-descript professions held by villagers, he is destined to be more like his hero Steve the Warrior. He wants it so bad both he and the reader can taste it. Runt’s diary is full of stories about the sort of challenges we face every day – in the Minecraft world and in the real world. We deal with weird bullies, impossible teachers, awkward neighbors, and strange comings and goings. We all have goals that we are working toward and doing what we can to make sure that we have a better chance of achieving those goals. So, yeah, I don’t play Minecraft, but I can still root for Runt. It’s a fast-paced read with lots of pictures that will grab you and pull you into the world of Minecraftia and the village of Villagetown. It’s a smart, funny, and courageous story that shows us we can do anything we put our mind to that will no doubt bring a smile to your face.
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