Book Three in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time
The Children of Dune are twin siblings Leto and Ghanima Atreides, whose father, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, disappeared in the desert wastelands of Arrakis nine years ago. Like their father, the twins possess supernormal abilities—making them valuable to their manipulative aunt Alia, who rules the Empire in the name of House Atreides.
Facing treason and rebellion on two fronts, Alia’s rule is not absolute. The displaced House Corrino is plotting to regain the throne while the fanatical Fremen are being provoked into open revolt by the enigmatic figure known only as The Preacher. Alia believes that by obtaining the secrets of the twins’ prophetic visions, she can maintain control over her dynasty.
But Leto and Ghanima have their own plans for their visions—and their destinies....
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The universe is on the brink of chaos in Children of Dune, the pivotal third installment of Frank Herbert’s epic science fiction series. Years after the disappearance of Paul Atreides, his young twins, Leto and Ghanima, rule an increasingly unstable empire. Born with all the wisdom of their ancestors, the siblings must decide the fate of their universe and accept the terrible responsibility that comes with that choice. With its themes of ecology and religion, this book is both a satisfying conclusion to Paul’s story and the starting point for the next adventure in Herbert’s epic series.
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I am awed by the grand scale of the continuing saga and the sometimes shocking revelations that tie back to the first 2 books. There is much commentary on government, religion and their place in humanity that is still relevant today. Herbert was a true visionary who understood human behavior, both good and bad, and the nature of the world we live in that is amazingly accurate on so many levels. It is clear he saw the dangers of our current path of a wasteful, planet destroying society that will only continue to destroy our earth if we as a race do not come together and realize we truly are all one. If we do not before it is too late we are truly doomed as a civilization. People who don’t like this book or the previous Dune Messiah, are likely looking for something lighter with the predictable “hero” and happy ending. However if you are interested, as I am, in what his whole message is and where he will take us next I recommend this book whole heartedly! I am eagerly starting the next book in the series and excited to see the likely continuing tie backs to the previous books to expose the reader to things they may not have realized when they were reading them, until Herbert masterfully gives information and insight that makes one say “ahhh, now I see it”. I believe he had the framework for the whole series in place before ever writing the first book and he grew right along with the stories as he wrote them. If you enjoy reading that requires contemplation and thought this series is for you. Superb.
Drier than the Desert
I couldn't wait to finish this book. First, because I wanted to find out what it was about, but also to find out if all the endless dryness of the writing was worth the time spent struggling through it.
The last ten percent of the book did offer some sense of familiarity with the previous books but the other ninety percent was filled up with a Pingpong game of complicated political intrigue punctuated with annoying mythical dogma and stentorian pseudo-Arabic pronouncements.
All the drama was about dynasty, jihad, and brinksmanship with very little evidence of emotional content. None of the characters were developed enough to form any empathy with. Herbert has crafted an intricate saga of complicated ideas and motivations but very little of it is relatable on a human scale. I don't think I will be interested in continuing to stagger through the rest of this arid landscape.
SLOW, BORING, AND TOO LONG
It was excessively long unnecessarily, sans much adventure with long boring mystical dialogue. It should have been only three hundred pages. It is painfully slow and boring, I will no longer read anymore of this series. I gave the series a try by reading the first three book, but no more, and I discourage anyone from reading them.