When I first picked up Dune, I was a little intimidated–it’s known as one of the great classics of Science Fiction, and the people I knew who had read it were slightly obsessive and fanatical in their insistence that it was one of, if not, the greatest sci-fi book. Ever.

Dune

There was one bad thing about this book: I never had enough time to sit down and really become engrossed in the story, because it was my read on the T and at school book. Even without the chance to fully appreciate it, Dune was amazing.

The level of detail in this book is essential to the story line. A new religion, new planets and environments, political intrigue…it wouldn’t work without the superb writing skills of Herbert, and the obvious time he put into planning and writing the book. Admittedly, the book can become confusing at times because of the amount of detail and explanations (especially with the religion), but take the time to understand a difficult passage before moving on.

The story line is fairly basic: a family out of political favor with the rulers cast off to an unwanted land to perish. Of course they don’t all die, or else the book would be very short. The main character, Paul, constantly impressed me; he dealt with so many hardships and still was able to survive and be mostly sane.

Overall, good book. A must read for any science fiction fan, even a moderate one. This book may have to join the ranks of the select books I read every year or so.

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