When Frank Herbert created “Dune”, he did so much more than just write a book. Instead, he built an entire galaxy! This is considered one of the best sci-fi books of all time, and with good reason. “Dune” tells the story of young Paul Atreides, whose noble family assumes control of the planet Arrakis. Although the planet is a barren desert wasteland, it is the only source of the spice “mélange”, which is the most powerful substance in the universe. As Paul learns the secrets of his new home, he quickly becomes embroiled in the politics of a galactic Empire.
Be forewarned, this is a LONG book for young adult readers, tipping the scales at nearly 900 pages! It’s definitely not a beach read, but rather something that you’ve got to lose yourself in over the course of a few weeks. If you’re hesitant to take on a challenge like “Dune”, keep in mind that this book inspired a generation of science fiction books and movies, including the Star Wars series! There are also a number of Dune sequels, and many people consider this book to be the sci-fi version of “Lord of the Rings”.
One other neat thing about “Dune” is that it’s been adapted into movie versions on at least two occasions. I really enjoy seeing a movie once I’ve read the book, since it allows me to see how the same story can be told in different ways. One thing’s for sure, with all of the “Dune” books and stories that are out there, filmmakers will never run short on inspiration!