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Dune by Frank Herbert: A Masterpiece of Character and World-Building

Rating: 5/5 ⭐️

Dune by Frank Herbert is without doubt epic, influential, ambitious and I'd say a must-read. But, it is also a little intimidating to get into, it's not an easy read and the book is 21 hours long. The story doesn't finish in the first book, how many sequels do I have to read to finish of the threads started in this book? These are some of the things I was pondering before finally giving in and enjoying this book. Though the main reason I picked up this book is definitely because of the 2021 movie - Dune by Denis Villeneuve. I loved the movie and from experience, I know that the book will provide me with more details and will have an intricate exploration of characters, setting and the world of Dune.

Herbert's creation of Arrakis is nothing short of extraordinary. The desert planet, with its harsh climate, precious spice, and giant sandworms, serves as more than just a backdrop; it's a character in its own right. The other characters in Dune, whether they are of House Atreides, House Harkonnen or the Fremen... they are stand out and make a significant contribution to the story.

Paul Atreides is the MVP, the young heir of House Atreides, embarks on a journey fraught with danger, political intrigue, and prophecy. His transformation from a noble son to a messianic Muad'Dib is portrayed with intensity, capturing the nuanced evolution of his character. Lady Jessica, Paul's mother embodies strength, wisdom, and the complexities of maternal love. She is a Bene Gesserit and responsible for setting off the prophecy and fueling its flames to ensure the survival of her and her son after the fall of her house.

The audiobook was truly impressive and immersed me in the world of Arrakis, its sounds and silences, its dangers, and its beauty. The detailed descriptions of the ecology, culture, and politics of Arrakis are delivered in a way that paints a vivid picture. I, for one, really enjoyed the book, even with its complexities. Also, I am glad I was able to finish this book before I watched part 2 of Dune.

Give this one a go if you are a fan of Sci-Fi novels with complex characters and detailed world-building.

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