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Dune, book 1 Review

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I will start this review by telling you who I do not recommend this book too. I do not recommend this book if you are look for a light, easy time waster, a book just to relax. Dune is a book that requires not just your full attention, but your full mind.

Set on the desert planet Arrakis (Dune), a fifteen year boy boy named Paul, accompanies his father, a duke, to the new world to supervise the cultivating of the addictive spice Melange.

This is an extremely brief summary of the incredibly complex book and plot.

One of the things that impressed me most about Dune was the world building. Everything works to make this world, nothing is added just for the sake of feeling ‘exotic’ or ‘cool’. Everything works together in order to make this world seem so whole and unto itself. One thing about Sci-fi is that it can easily be dated by advances in technology, but Dune does not feel dated. I feel it could have been easily written today in the same form. That is how good the world building is. I cannot recall being pulled out of it for a moment.

I think i large part of it is the focus of politics and philosophy also keep it from being dated. Since so much of it revenant to us, especially the commentary on the interplay of religion and politics. Some of the quotes and lined made me pause and just think about them and their place in the contemporary world. The only other author that has ever made me do that is Orwell.

If you are looking for a book that can be considered ‘brain food’ and challenging to you, then pick up a copy.