Book Four in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time
Millennia have passed on Arrakis, and the once-desert planet is green with life. Leto Atreides, the son of the world’s savior, the Emperor Paul Muad’Dib, is still alive but far from human. To preserve humanity’s future, he sacrificed his own by merging with a sandworm, granting him near immortality as God Emperor of Dune for the past thirty-five hundred years.
Leto’s rule is not a benevolent one. His transformation has made not only his appearance but his morality inhuman. A rebellion, led by Siona, a member of the Atreides family, has risen to oppose the despot’s rule. But Siona is unaware that Leto’s vision of a Golden Path for humanity requires her to fulfill a destiny she never wanted—or could possibly conceive....
Took me for a ride!
This was a strong book, a lot of info dumping, but a strong book. It really changed the way I look a things. I also saw some people judging this book prematurely. I think people must remember context and read it all the way through before forming judgments
Slowly disinterested as the narrative moves forward.
I was excited to start the previous books (2 & 3) after Dune. They had natural connective tissue and made you want more. When I got to God Emperor yes indeed was it set thousands of years after Paul’s world but it made you feel as if Frank Herbert’s cousin was writing this from a different planet. The dialogue is simple and lost its more nuanced approach to explaining peoples motives, feelings, interactions. It’s bad, this is not a good book. The ending (no spoilers) is not climatic and leaves you thanking the gods it’s over instead of wanted more.
Status Quo Shaken Up
Pretty good story. At first I thought I would be lost or confused since it takes place 1,000s of years after the first 3 books. However, Herbert does a good job getting readers use to this new status quo of the Dune Universe. It’s different, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. I still think the first book is the best up to this point, but I have yet to be disappointed by the series so far.