As is the case with all of the Dune texts I’ve read, this one stuns in its capacity to tell a compelling story while using challenging language that asks the reader to think. There’s something to be said for simple and imaginative books such as Harry Potter and for series like the Enders Game series, which was compelling and inventive and yet scattered, because of Orson Scott Card’s self-professed carelessness in sketching out his fictive worlds. Yet there is something more profound about Herbert’s works, which hint that the author was a bit of a madman and a genius. His worlds are brilliantly demarcated, consistent, and inventive. In this book—which is fabulously narrated—we see the consequences of some of the actions taken by our favorite characters from Dune. As with all of the books in the series, it is interesting to read Herbert’s philosophical science fiction, which often challenges us to think through murky moral territory and imagine what actions we’d take in a similar universe. It is also fascinating to read about a fictive world with concerns that are so different from our own, while still resonating with our political situation (such as how water and spice is used and consumed, and the parallels in our world of water rights and the sale of drugs and weapons).
In the Dune Universe, only the Kwisatz Haderach and his offspring (who were exposed to a tremendous amount of spice in the womb along with the Atreides genes) can have access to their male ancestors. Regular Reverend mothers don't have access to their male ancestors. Alia Atreides was born a Reverend Mother, but she is not the Kwisatz Haderach, so therefore she should not have access to her grandfather's memories. A definite deviation from the Dune Universe "rules", but the story is enjoyable none the less.
very intriguing story, and this book caps it well while making the reader wonder what comes next. not conventional by any means, and with its share of surprises. the dates of each character readers have come to love in the previous books are not very expected.
As with all of the Dune series large swaths of this book were made tedious by repetitive bouts of metaphysical inner reflection. I'm okay with that sort of thing, especially in a Frank Herbert novel, but often times I find the point made in a passage very early on and then had to sit there listening to it reiterated in multiple ways. That is the only real criticism I have.
The story really picks up and grabs you about halfway through and then just builds momentum and excitement from there. And somehow it ends with a sort of simultaneous closure and cliffhanger where you feel satisfied and yet eager to find out more. I'm excited to see what God Emperor has to offer.
Continues the story of dune and Messiah, but it felt like a let down. I felt this one specifically had less intrigue and was mostly let's see Paul's family ten years latter.
Although 'Children of Dune' represents a much weaker entry in the Dune universe than its predecessors, the last 20' of the book elevated it from a 3-star literary jumble to an intriguing--albeit still flawed--story that demands a follow-up. It is still enjoyable for its Herbert-esque examination of philosophy and ethics, but seems much more aimless and trope-laden than Dune especially, but even Dune Messiah. It is honestly a different beast from Dune; I continue to read because Herbert finds a way of making me curious as to what comes next. I would not call this a 'must-read,' but it sets up what I imagine to be a very creative next-entry in the Dune saga.