Book Review – The Dune Series by Frank Herbert

He who controls the spice, controls the universe“- Baron Harkonnen

Warning- For those of you who would rather not read about gruesome deaths, this book is definitely not for you. This book can and does get rather gruesome during some parts, so be warned.

This book has quite a few names to remember, so you might want to start off with the Preludes to Dune.

Dune was one of the first books I read after coming to Taiwan. After attempting to read it when I was about 8 years old and failing (because I got bored) , I decided to give it another try when I was 10. After reading the first 50 or so pages, I found that things definitely got more interesting.

After finishing off book one in the Dune series, I finished off the preludes to Dune, figuring I might as well gain some backstory on the world (although almost everyone in the preludes dies during book one, but still).

Book two (Dune Messiah) was not really a success in my opinion, it was just one of those books where I had to grit my teeth, and finish it off in one sitting or I would never pick it up again. The reason for this  was that almost nothing happened during this book. Everyone just sat around and talked, which left me feeling cheated of a good book.

Book three and four (Children of Dune and God Emperor of Dune, in that order)  were amazing, maybe even my favourite out of the Dune series, the ideas in the story were really cool and there was a lot more action than in the previous book. The books also looked at the world from the view points of some new character, so that was really enjoyable.

I’m not going to go into detail about book 5 and 6 (Heretics of Dune and Chapterhouse Dune, in that order) , but in my opinion, they were absolutely abysmal and should not be read under any circumstances.