Dune is set in the distant future on the desert planet of Arrakis where spice, the universe’s most valuable commodity, is mined. Duke Leto Atreides has only recently arrived on Arrakis to oversee the spice when he is murdered. The duke’s fifteen-year-old son, Paul, and his mother escape, and the main story line follows the two as they fight to survive in the harsh desert and win back the throne.
First published in 1965, Dune is widely regarded as one of the best science fiction novels of all time and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel. The book’s many subplots and intersecting storylines investigate the nature of politics, religion, and human interaction. The ecology of Arrakis is highly developed, and the book includes appendices that further detail the planet and its culture.
Reviewed by kb, 03/06. Other reviews by kb.