Dune by Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert
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Reviewer's Rating
Sep 30, 2022

Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose family accepts the stewardship of the planet
Arrakis. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the
only source of this chemical called "spice". This “spice” cant extend life, enhance mental
abilities, and is fuel for spaceships. This planet is extremely valuable and what starts is a
intergalactic war for the planet Arrakis, Paul and his family attempt to survive political
maneuvering and warfare which is all masterfully written by Frank Herbert.

This book is a classic and moved the science fiction genre. There are many aspects of the book
I loved from the sandworms, to the freemen and their culture. Even the otherworldly powers felt
grounded as Paul Atreides must find his destiny on Arrakis (Dune). I loved the political
maneuvering between the villians and Ben Gesserit as well as how the Atreides Family and the
Empire handled situations as characters suddenly die and/or become something more than
human. This book is extremely fleshed out with the only problems that I had were the pacing felt
rushed towards the end and slow in the beginning. Moreover the main character felt boring and
unrelatable and the author failed in making me empathize with him. However this book is still a
very good political science fiction novel that changed the genre forever.


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