Capturing all the complexity and grand themes of the original, this prequel to the Dune series weaves a new tapestry of betrayal, passion, and destiny into a saga that expands the tale written by Frank Herbert more than 30 years ago.
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"Dune: House Atreides chronicles the early life of Leto Atreides, prince of a minor House in the galactic Imperium. Leto comes to confront the realities of power when House Vernius is betrayed in an imperial plot involving a quest for an artificial substitute to melange, a substance vital to interstellar trade that is found only on the planet Dune. Meanwhile, House Harkonnen schemes to bring Leto into conflict with the Tleilax, and the Bene Gesserit manipulate Baron Harkonnen as part of a plan stretching back 100 generations. In the Imperial palace, treason is afoot, and on Dune itself, planetologist Pardot Kynes embarks on a secret project to transform the desert world into a paradise." (Amazon.com review)
"Though the plot here is intricate, even readers new to the saga will be able to follow it easily (minute repetitions of important points help immensely), as the narrative weaves among the many interconnected tales. The attendant excitement and myriad revelations not only make this novel a terrific read in its own right but will inspire readers to turn, or return, to its great predecessor." (Publishers Weekly)
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This is an excellent book, excellent, series, excellent prequel. If you loved Dune, you will love this series. If you tried to read Dune, but found it too complicated, than start here. The entire complex worlds and societies, created by Frank Herbert, are made easy to understand through these stories. The people, the worlds, the politics are deeply described in exciting detail. I normally hate politics of made up worlds, but this is so interesting, exciting and even possible, that I get got up in the intrigue, back stabbing, plans within plans, and brutality.
It would take pages and pages to describe all the unique characteristics of this universe, let's just glance over it slightly. First, atomics and thinking machines have been banned in the universe, due to the destruction they caused in the past. This has caused mankind too to come up with ways to accomplished things by mutating man. The Bene Gesserits are a sisterhood of women disguised as a religious order, who have developed telepathy, and have increased their power through a strict breeding program. The Mentats are humans who have developed their brains to be complex computers. The Navigators have mutated their bodies to be unrecognizable as human, but through their minds they fold space and make space travel possible. All of these sects relay on spice or mélange in order to achieve these changes. Melange can only be found on one planet, Dune or Arrakis. an inhospitable planet where it never rains. Dune is populated by a hard group of people called the Freeman. Then there are the planets, besides Dune, there is a planet where everyone lives underground, an industrial planet that is covered with so much smog it is always dark and more.
I just can't explain it all here, you have to read it yourself. I will also mention that I am not a fan of Brick, but even he can not ruin this book.
So utterly syllogistic in tone and thematic substance to the original novels, I pray you take your time to enjoy his story well. There's only one first time.
Learning about plans within plans before Paul makes for a much different reading of Dune.
I actually am only 16 hours in so far but I've enjoyed every minute of this book. from the diverse characters to the superb narrarator. the whole thing so far has been really captivating. my first dune book but certainly not my last.
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This book held up very well, It makes me want to read the other book of doon, and I know I will.
I started listening with the Butlerian Jihad and have really enjoyed the performance throughout each series. Thanks to Brian and Kevin for weaving intricate schemes and threads of adventure in the Dune Universe. Following the maturity of Duke Leto in this book, even as the developments of houses Harkonnen and Corino lead to the events in Dune are a joy to.listen to.
Not as compelling as the original. I'll listen to the rest of this prequel trilogy, and I'll enjoy it, I'm sure. It just lacks the magic of the original Dune. Scott Brick is an oak, as always.
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