The Chosen by David H. Scott
ABOUT THE BOOK
Steve was just another ordinary guy living in an ordinary village, when the happiest villager he’d ever met sent him on a quest to save the world. Clueless about his goals, and manipulated by everyone he meets, is Steve destined to be a hero, or is he just a pawn in someone else’s game?
This middle-grade, fantasy adventure novel will be sure to engage reluctant readers, and please gamers and adventure lovers alike.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
David H. Scott was born in 2002 (no, that’s not a misprint) in Ontario, Canada. Being a bit of a geek, his passions include playing Minecraft, coding Minecraft mods, and watching Minecraft videos. He also knows there’s more to life than video games (maybe). He loves to read middle grade and young adult novels, he’s a practitioner of several martial arts, and to keep coin in his pocket he delivers newspapers.
The Chosen is his first novel, but certainly won’t be his last. At least two other books are planned for the Tales of the Ablockalypse series, and a second series of books not related to video games (gasp!) are in the early planning stages.
“Circles are just a myth. There is no such thing.”
“Round objects in a square world. The ultimate paradox.”
What a delightful book by an author who was only twelve years old at the time of writing. I really enjoyed the humour and fresh perspectives. Although it bills itself as a Minecraft book, it isn’t really. It’s another good fantasy story. I really liked the concept of partnering with a villain too easily stereotyped and finding out more about what drives this wild-be villain, who isn’t a villain at all. And not only that, the hero makes friends with a creature that is normally diabolical, and becomes a valuable ally.
The author writes well! Despite his age, his book is more typo-free than those of other authors several years older than him! Well done!
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work. January 25, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars and I thought that this book was both cute and very funny. When I read the part about the beginning … January 20, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars A young author’s story told like a grown up January 16, 2015
Remember what it was like to have the imagination of a twelve-year-old? The crazy stories that we used to make up in our heads and relate to our friends? (Yeah, me neither.)
Well, imagine if we had that kind of imagination, but also the writing skills to tell those stories in a way that not only made sense but was also entertaining. If that was the case, you might be David Scott.
David, at only twelve, has created a story that has just about every ingredient that a preteen boy’s mind craves: zombies, skeletons, giant spiders, witches, dragons, magic, epic battles. But mostly, the story is about an ordinary guy and his dog. (Trust me… just go with it.)
The story centers on average joe named Steve, who, along with his new best friend Chopper the dog, is given an enchanted sword and sent on a quest to retrieve an object that will help protect against the Ablockalypse, a reign of darkness presided over by a malevolent force.
For such a young man, David shows a great flair for storytelling beyond his years, interpreting the events of a crazy world in such a way that even an old fart like me can understand. There are times when his age reveals itself, and the story could have stood to be proofread a little more thoroughly, but there is no doubt in my mind that David has a bright future ahead of him.
I look forward to David’s next book!
As someone who has never played Minecraft before, I really enjoyed this book. You do not have to have played the game (or have any idea what the game is about) to follow the plot and enjoy the story. It is very well written, especially when you consider that the author is only 12 years old!
In the book, Steve is just an average villager living his life, when he is convinced to go on a epic quest to stop the Ablockalypse. He accepts without fully understanding what the quest is, and is soon surrounded by new friends and new enemies.
My favorite part was the Steve never really understood what was going on. He is a typical hero thrown into a situation he was not prepared for. Steve reminds me a lot of Emmett from The Lego Movie. It was a fun read and I would recommend this book to readers of all ages.