Book 1, Dune
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"Unique...I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. ClarkeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert's death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.
Just a great book. Excellent format.
Simply put, Dune is not only the single greatest achievement in science fiction writing of all time, but also the inspiration for Star Wars, and manages to be a critique of monotheistic religions and the concept of messiahs. This book, and its subsequent sequels are masterpieces, and you're doing yourself a disservice if you haven't read them.