Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The only sensible way to start this review is to acknowledge that Children of Dune was a wild ride from start to finish. It is undoubtedly one of the best books I’ve read in the recent past.

At the very base level, there was a huge change in how much I cared about these characters in this book compared to its predecessors. While I loved Dune and Dune Messiah–I would not have kept reading the series if I didn’t–I certainly read those books more for the plot than the individual characters. With this third installation, however, there is just as much to love about the characters as about the story.

Perhaps what I liked most was that there were more understandable human thoughts within their heads. Even with characters like Leto, Jessica, and Alia, who are far from ordinary humans, I felt I could understand their motivations and what molded them into the individuals they were.

Yet another aspect of this book I love even more than those that came before it is the understandability factor. This is purely personal opinion and comprehension, but I found this book a whole lot easier to keep track of. I’m not quite sure what it was–since it took place in just as many different locations, with different people, as the others–but there was something about the writing within Children of Dune that made everyone and everything exceedingly easy to keep track of.

Admittedly, there were a couple chapters within the first Dune installation that had me at a bit of a loss as to what I was supposed to get out of them–their point. I never felt that once during this book. Everything served a purpose, and I feel I have a fair understanding of what purpose it all served.

I also found myself greatly enjoying the excerpts that begin each chapter. I’ve always thought the setup of Frank Herbert’s books is incredibly creative and makes the Dune stories stand out from the rest. But I developed a new appreciation for them with this book–especially with the name change at the end, though I won’t go further into detail lest you be reading this to decide whether or not the book is for you. I can tell you though, it came as a bit of a surprise!

Have you ever read or found yourself interested in the Dune series? Will you be watching the film this year?

6 responses to “Children of Dune by Frank Herbert”

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  3. I recently read Dune Messiah a little over a year after reading Dune, and while I enjoyed it less, I still thought it was good. The ending really got me. However, I felt throughout that there was something deeper just below the surface that I wasn’t quite fully grasping. I do intent to read Children of Dune, but I don’t know when I’ll get to it. I am very excited for the film though, and have been since I heard about it well over a year ago now.


  4. Dune is an odd series for me. I always feel like the first book is head-and-shoulders above the others – a real classic. The second and third are good, but not at that same level. And then it just keeps…going…and getting weirder and weirder.

    I am glad that I read through the whole (original) series once, but I doubt I will ever re-read any of them except for Dune. And I’ve heard such negative things about the “new” Dune books by other authors that I don’t have much desire to check them out.

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    1. Yeah, I feel you on that new Dune books by other authors. I’m probably not going to explore those. I’m typically a little disappointed when someone tries to take over another person’s story.

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