Book Review: Dune

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.”

Reviewing Dune was honestly pretty hard… I am just in awe of the complex world that Frank Herbert created with this science fiction masterpiece! The story focuses on Paul Atreides, next in line to be Duke of the Atreides house, one of the great houses loyal to the Imperium. The Atreides family take control of the desert planet, Arrakis. Arrakis cultivates the largest amount of Spice Melange, the most valuable drug there is. It’s used for space travel and can heighten awareness, and even cause prescience in some people. The story explores the struggle for control of the planet, and Herbert uses many layers to create an intricate story. The story focuses a lot on politics but there’s also focus on environmentalism and the culture and religion of the natives, the Fremen.

It is a slow read at first, with a lot of new names and lingo you’ll have to learn but it gets much easier to read about halfway through. And trust me, it’s totally worth it. There is just so much I want to talk about, but it’s sort of hard without spoiling things. Every aspect of the story was made to feel so real through Herbert’s world building. The first thing to really draw me into the story was the Bene Gesserit. They are a religious and political group of women, trained physically and mentally to have near superhuman powers. Totally awesome. And the planet of Arrakis is fascinating. It has brutal conditions, but the Fremen have innovative ways to survive the desert climate, such as their water-preserving stillsuits they wear to travel across the open desert.

Herbert creates an immersive universe that I totally fell in love with. I enjoyed Paul’s journey from a Duke-in-training to becoming known as Muad’Dib among the Fremen. The second half of the book is beyond epic! Obviously, Dune is also widely known for its giant sandworms. They add an awesome element to the story and are involved in some of my favorite parts of the book. Things get pretty trippy, literally, and I LOVED it! This book ended up being a wild adventure I was not expecting. It threw me back into the realm of science fiction, and I am so happy I started my year out with this epic novel. As it’s quoted on the back of my edition of the book, the only thing comparable to it is Lord of the Rings. I mean, it’s no Dark Tower but I definitely loved it. I already have the second book and I can’t wait to continue with the series, Dune gets all of the stars!!!

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