Dune by Frank Herbert

by Frank Herbert

Paul Atreides and his family are sent to rule the desert planet Arrakis, the source of spice, where they are betrayed.

I didn’t really know anything about Dune when I started reading it, other than it’s a well-known sci-fi novel, and quite long, but what I got wasn’t what I expected, in a good way. There is a lot of politics, cultural relations, religion, and environmentalism. The plot is thick, and the beginning took a bit to understand all the peoples and how they interact with one another, but I found it ultimately interesting and intriguing.

The narration follows a small cast of characters, although it’s ultimately about Paul’s development from a young noble to Muad’Dib. There are alliances and betrayal as everyone had their own motivations. There are a lot of now common sci-fi elements, but the world is rich and everything worked together. This is a classic sci-fi, which may make the writing feel a bit dated, but I enjoyed it. It’s complex, but compelling. I’m not sure if I’ll read more of this series, but I enjoyed the first book.