Author: Frank Herbert
Genre: Science Fiction
Plot: Paul Atreides has just arrived on the planet Arrakis with his father, the Duke Leto Atreides, and mother with the intent of taking it over from the Baron Harkonnen, by force if necessary. As the Duke prepares his men, their ambushed and separated. Now Paul and his mother must find their way back and take back what is rightfully theirs. Along the way, they meet the Fremen, the indigenous people to Arrakis. Paul tries to gain the Fremen as allies, but trust between them is slow. Can Paul get back what belongs to him? Can he unit the people around him to earn everyone’s freedom? Or will the Harkonnen’s keep what they’ve stolen?
Rating: 3.5 – a classic tale of people uniting for the common good
Opinion: I had high hopes to love this book. I wasn’t as good as I thought it’d be. It’s a very slow paced book with lots of scheming. While I don’t mind scheming, it takes up a fair amount of the book. It took some of the fun out of the book for me. I don’t like knowing everything the characters are doing and thinking. I love a small amount of mystery to books. I don’t feel like I need to know every single thing the characters are doing or thinking. It got annoying quickly. It also kind of bugged me how the points of view in a scene bounced around so I could hear what everyone was thinking. It felt very inconsistent and annoying. This book was really well written, but it’s a dense read full of schemes, plots, and deception. I enjoyed the book more when it wasn’t so focused so much on the schemes. While I understand how this book is a classic for sci-fi people, it wasn’t the best fit for me. This book definitely was written in a different age, but it’s still a classic and a good read for anyone who doesn’t mind a dense read.