Why this book?
“Holy--! Like Star Wars, only for adults,” I thought when I read this book at fifteen. I immediately identified with the young protagonist growing up in a world infused with dark forces beyond his control who must master his powers to survive. I keep coming back to read Dune to discover something new, whether it’s in the feudal culture clashing with an oppressed indigenous population, or its themes of ecology, myth/religion, colonialism, and the dangers of charismatic leaders. This book grounds its strange, interstellar universe with a mixture of real-world history and politics, then packages it into a classic monomyth that belies its dark and subversive undertones. Great as allegory relevant to modern geopolitics or just as a sci-fi adventure yarn, Dune is one of the all-time great science fiction reads.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Before The Matrix, before Star Wars, before Ender's Game and Neuromancer, there was Dune: winner of the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and widely considered one of the greatest science fiction novels ever written.
Melange, or 'spice', is the most valuable - and rarest - element in the universe; a drug that does everything from increasing a person's lifespan to making interstellar travel possible. And it can only be found on a single planet: the inhospitable desert world of Arrakis.
Whoever controls Arrakis controls the spice. And whoever controls the spice controls the universe.
When the Emperor transfers stewardship of…