Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Review of Dune

Details about the book:
Title: Dune
Number in series: 1
Author: Frank Herbert
Page count: 608
First sentence: In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul.

My Review
Dune is a blatant sci-fi book. I wouldn't put it under any other genre apart from maybe fantasy
. Dune is a book for my extended english class, and it took place on a planet called Arrakis, which they moved to after evacuating Caladan, their former planet. It is set in the distant future, and takes place over a 3-year-time span.
The main plot in the novel is to overthrow the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen, who is trying to take control of Arrakis because of it's precious spice. Arrakis is also called Dune, because the whole surface of the planet contains no water. The planet's natives conserve body water by wearing a stillsuit, which is something that collects the body's moisture once it has been expelled to then be re-drunk.
The main character, a boy of 15 years of age, is Paul Atreides, so I felt I could relate to him well because he's only a year older than me.
The thing I didn't like about this book was the length, descriptive language, lack of chapters and how it didn't indicate how much time had passed when it did.
Overall, for a book published in 1965, it was quite good, but compared to the books published today, was very complex and hard to understand.

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