Dune (Dune #1)
AUTHOR: Frank Herbert
GENRE: Science Fiction
PUBLISHED: December 1st, 1965
Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides (the heir apparent to Duke Leto Atreides and heir of House Atreides) as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the ‘spice’ melange, the most important and valuable substance in the cosmos. The story explores the complex, multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion as the forces of the empire confront each other for control of Arrakis.
The Bene Gesserit have been secretly controlling the bloodlines and encouraging Bene Gesserits to bear a girl and not a boy. The Bene Gesserits daughter are also trained in the same ways and told to follow the same rules. The Bene Gesserit’s do this to eventually breed a super-Mentat – Kwisatz Haderach, one who can be many places at once.
Lady Jessica, the concubine of Duke Leto Atreides, disobeys them and had a son, Paul Atreides. She was supposed to have a daughter who would carry the child of Feyd Rautha Harkonnen, therefore there being a high possibility of Kwisatz Haderach.
Duke Leto and Lady Jessica were living on Caladan. They were pressured into moving to Arrakis, a place where water matters more than the life of a man.
“Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.”
They move to Arrakis, along with Paul, and try to gain the trust of the Fremen. They somewhat succeed in doing so but the Baron Harkonnen plots to bring them down and gain control over the spice. Lady Jessica and Paul are forced to flee. They eventually take refuge with the Fremen.
After almost three years, Paul returns with his Fremen followers to claim his place as Duke Paul Muad’Dib.
“What do you despise? By this are you truly known.”
All the details in the book are so precise, they make you feel you are reading about the history of some distant (real) place. I love to read about different cultures – real or not. And the fact that someone thought of an entire religion makes it all the more fascinating. The Fremen religion, Bene Gesserits, the politics and the portray of evil all adds so much to it, each layer of imagination is there to trap you in their world….