Dune is similar to Game of Thrones in a sense that it describes a grandiose play of politics between power mongering houses, albeit in an intergalactic setting. The book is very recommended read for the young audience who became excited about GoT. The book is mostly set in a distant desert planet and the narrative captures the life in a desert planet Arrakis well. The story of Muad'dib is an allegory to our world which gives deeper context to the story, as any profound sci-fi story should.
Dune Messiah fumbled on its metaphorical ambitions. The jihad is mere side note in the story of Paul's awakening. The text, consisting of lengthy metaphorical dialogues fails to build up tension necessary to keep listeners interested in the original premise: the story of planet Dune and how Paul maintains its power to rule the planet. I wish the following book, Children of Dune will be more similar to the first one, with better balanced narrative on the struggle between Houses, control of the spice production and the fate of the planet Dune.
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