Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…
When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
If you haven’t read this book, drop everything AND READ IT.
The setting, the characters, the themes, the intrigue, the revenge–my dudes, this book has it all. And then some. Oh my Lanta, does it sing. Just…just hear some of these lines:
“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
“Hope clouds observation.”
“It is so shocking to find out how many people do not believe that they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult.”
“The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.”
“Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them.”
I mean, the depth and poetic style of writing just haunts you throughout this book. There’s a reason this book remains one of the most well-beloved and critically-acclaimed science fiction stories of all time. Paul’s arrival on Dune and his navigation of the Fremen world captivates whoever ventures within this story’s pages. There is so much wisdom, so much experience, tied into the ebb and flow of the story.
I would call it a masterpiece.
And what makes it truly iconic is how well it remains relevant. Revenge, finding your purpose, familial obligations, fear of the future–all these themes persist. Regardless of the age we find ourselves in, they remain.
It definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars. Easily. If you enjoy sci-fi, and haven’t read Dune yet, then what are you waiting for?