Children of Dune
Book 3, Dune
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Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time
Nine years ago Emperor Paul Muad'Dib disappeared into the desert wastelands of Arrakis. Now, his twin children—Leto and Ghanima Atreides—are being groomed to become Messiahs. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities, making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rules the Empire in the name of House Atreides.
Facing treason and rebellion on two fronts, Alia’s rule is not absolute. The displaced House Corrino is plotting to regain the throne while the fanatical Fremens are being provoked into open revolt by the enigmatic figure known only as The Preacher. By obtaining the secrets of the twins’ prophetic visions, Alia believes she can maintain control over her dynasty.
But Leto and Ghanima have their own plans for their visions—and their destiny...
This was written the year I was born and I just read it 36 years later. What. Masterpiece!
Drier than the Desert
I couldn't wait to finish this book. First, because I wanted to find out what it was about, but also to find out if all the endless dryness of the writing was worth the time spent struggling through it.
The last ten percent of the book did offer some sense of familiarity with the previous books but the other ninety percent was filled up with a Pingpong game of complicated political intrigue punctuated with annoying mythical dogma and stentorian pseudo-Arabic pronouncements.
All the drama was about dynasty, jihad, and brinksmanship with very little evidence of emotional content. None of the characters were developed enough to form any empathy with. Herbert has crafted an intricate saga of complicated ideas and motivations but very little of it is relatable on a human scale. I don't think I will be interested in continuing to stagger through the rest of this arid landscape.
Another Dune Triumph
Paul's young family is growing and the rest of the human universe is fearful and hateful. A brilliant climax to the original trilogy.