In book one a young Paul Atreides has been having visions. In his dreams he sees his future home, his future lover, and his future strife. His father, aware he's walking into a trap, proceeds to move from his ancestral home to a plant that most would consider an un-livable hell, were it not for the spice*. A feud dating back centuries is coming to a head. The traitorous House Harkonnen has been plotting in the shadows. One house will fall, another will rise.
*The spice is a mysterious drug which is used by the wealthy to prolong life, boost the immune system, flavor meals, and provide pleasure. The drug is used by the Spacing Guild, who's navigators "swim" in a gas created from the spice and, with their mutated biology, gain a limited ability to predict the future. This is a nessissary ability since they guide ships faster than light.
This book is a "Must" for any SciFi/Adventure fan. Frank Herbert tells an epic tale that only starts with this book. When you put down this book after reading the last page I hope you feel what I felt. The story is simply amazing. While the first book feels complete you want more. However with 13 more books in the series, ("Road To Dune" I'm counting as supplemental) you have much more adventure in store.
I don't usually read science fiction books but this is really good! This is hailed as the bestselling science fiction novel of all time. It was made into a movie too.
From Library Journal (1999)
Dune is to science fiction what The Lord of the Rings is to fantasy. Though fans believed they had bid a sad farewell to the sand planet of Arrakis upon Herbert's death in 1986, his son Brian has assumed writing the Nebula and Hugo award-winning series with the help of Kevin J. Anderson. But the original is always the most popular, and ... The book's huge fan base should expand even more thanks to a six-hour miniseries premiering on the Sci-Fi Channel later this year that is said to be more faithful to the book than David Lynch's truly awful 1984 feature film.
Awesome book. Couldn't put it down
Im not a big fan of reading older sci-fi, or reading something that Ive seen in a movie/TV series first, I tend to be bored of these books. Not the case here, great read. Still wish I had read it before the movie though.
"An awesome world where armies clash for the power of the universe." An entertaining science fiction novel that was made into a spectacular motion picture. For the true science fiction fan.
Dune is a powerful work of incredible depth. It is engrossing and moving and I daresay by far the best book I have ever read. Herbert is a philosopher pure and simple and has put much time into the details of his fictional world, even including a detailed history of various things mentioned throughout the book such as the "Orange Catholic Bible". If you have seen David Lynch's movie, please don't judge the book on that.
NOt bad - science fiction.