Dune by Frank Herbert Book Summary

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Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for....

When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream. 

A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.

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- Dune #14 star

That was definitely one hell of a read! I’ve always wanted to read Dune, but was always put off from how daunting it sounded. But with the new film coming out, and my interest in wanting to watch David Lynch’s original, I decided having known the context of the book would help. So I decided to attack, after waiting a year after receiving a copy, and I can happily report it was worth it! Dune is about Paul and his life on a new planet, after his family has been granted rule of it. When reading the book, the first thing that alarms you is how much of a world is built around the story, that the terminology may throw you off at times. There is a dictionary in the back, but I feel as you you get though the first few chapters, everything that is important is revealed through context, or a quick travel to the back of the book. By the second part of the book, I didn’t really look through the back. The story is very interesting and I was immersed in the world of Arrakis, and the people that lived on it. You can definitely see where many stories of now have taken inspiration, and the biggest faults I could give the book is the fact that you may read plot points that we’ve seen done before, but that is usually what happens when you read a classic after many years of it being out. Either way, I would definitely recommend you read it!

- “My favorite.”5 star

I read Dune about a year ago, and in all honesty it was one of the best sci-fi books I’d ever read. I just love how Frank Herberts write and fills his stories with emotion. It was truly an amazing experience. I would recommend Dune to anyone.

- SLOW READ3 star

I kept waiting for something big to happen - it never did. The map is blurry; it needs to be reformatedf for clarity. I may attempt to read the entire Dune Chronicles, but it does not look good based on the first book. Dune had too much mysticism, and not enough action.

- Amazing!5 star

I remember reading this when it first was published (Way back in 1990 when there were still ‘Sci-Fi Book Clubs’). Frank Herbert combines serious social issues with a fascinating new world/universe. The movie was also great-but was unfortunately panned by critics. (It’s gotta❤️Sting!)

- Incredible5 star

At first the book seems to be slow, but it lays the groundwork for you to be transported to a whole different world. It is amazing how it has different layers of politics, ecology and tradition that totally engulfs the reader. It is qutie fascinating. A must read

- Soooo good5 star

Don’t let anyone tell you that this book is not amazing.

- Such a 60's book1 star

Best read while stoned so you don't recognize how plodding, uninteresting, and transparent it is. This could only have been a best seller in the 60's. Far out dude!

- Masterpiece5 star

If not the the best Science Fiction novel ever written, undoubtedly one of the best. Frank Herbert turns religion, ecology, mysticism, politics, power and greed all on their collective ears. The characters are powerfully intelligent and the plot is forever changing and broad in it's scope. Was Mr. Herbert on the spice when he wrote this? Absolutely amazing.

- Greatest Sci-fi Novel of all time5 star

The absolute best. Read it. Now.

- Eerily prescient, like its protagonist...5 star

This novel totally transcends the science fiction genre. I'm not even sure how to describe it. Maybe a cautionary coming-of-age-ecological-Messianic drama? Think "I, Claudius" mixed with "Star Wars," and a lot of T.E. Lawrence. Am looking forward to the second book.

- Dune5 star

One of the best. The politics and ecology are timely no matter when this book is read, today, or 100 years from now.

- Excellent¡¡5 star

Just a great book. Excellent format.

- Hands Down...5 star

The greatest science fiction novel ever written.

- Good stuff5 star


- The greatest5 star

Simply put, Dune is not only the single greatest achievement in science fiction writing of all time, but also the inspiration for Star Wars, and manages to be a critique of monotheistic religions and the concept of messiahs. This book, and its subsequent sequels are masterpieces, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't read them.

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