I'm 17 chapters in and have no idea what's happening. I just spent some time on Wikipedia and that helped a lot. If you haven't read Destination:Void ..Show More »(which is the REAL book one here) you might want to start there or at least read the Wiki. Herbert makes lots of assumptions that you're going to know what an eclone is, what Pandora is and who Flattery is right off the bat. Lots of poetry and riddles don't help. I think if you read the book twice you'll get a lot more out of it the second time.