The Atreides are strangers to Arrakis, called Dune. The planet is the only place where spice – the most valuable commodity in the universe – can be produced. Their presence re-ignites an ancient conflict with House Harkonnen, bitter enemies of the Atreides. Amidst political intrigue, a sisterhood called the Bene Gesserit try to breed a superhuman they call the Kwisatz Haderach, and the desert people, the Fremen, look on at the universe that fights over their dunes.
The series, taken as a whole, scores only slightly above “meh.” But the original, Dune is a masterpiece. While fantastical, the fictional universe is just similar enough to our real world to provide a great deal of food for thought. The setting is enchanting and the characters are interesting. This book captivated me right from the start and I still think of it as one of my favourites.
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