Why did I love this book?
Dune is one of my all-time favorite imagined worlds – a complex and intricate interstellar society set in the far future. The story centers on the character of Paul Atreides, born into a powerful family and tasked with overseeing the inhospitable and dangerous planet Arrakis – the only planet that produces a drug called melange or “spice.” The drug, which has the capacity to extend life and heighten mental abilities, is not only coveted, but is the basis for a whole host of social, economic, and political feuds. Control of Arrakis and the drug itself is considered the pinnacle of power throughout the planets. It is a world, essentially, that is powered by a drug that everyone wants.