Review | Dune | Frank Herbert

Updated: May 16, 2018


Genre

Sci-fi


Dune by Frank Herbert is a fundamental classic which any self-proclaimed sci-fi fan should read. It's one of my favourite books of all time and I recently had the pleasure of re-reading it over the summer break. In Dune, giant worms rule the desert planet called Arrakis, the only planet where spice, an addictive drug and the key to space travel, is found

What I like ✅ a cornerstone text for every sci-fi novel published after 1965

✅ incredibly original sci-fi world with fantastic world-building

✅ Herbert shows a deep understanding of the reality of our natural world and applies this to his world; the politics, geography, people and technology all interweave with each other and affect each other in a perfect way

What I didn't like ✖ the third-person omniscient narration style can be hard for some people to follow, off-putting, or reduce suspense as the audience knows the motivations of every character

✖ archetype characters; Paul Atreides can come across as a "Gary-Stu", and the Baron as a moustache-twirling villain

Things to consider ➖ Dune is driven by plot and world building, rather than character, which some people like, some don't

Rating 4.5/5🌟 Verdict

RECOMMENDED Discussion

What are your must-read classics for sci-fi fans?

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