- Series: Dune (Book 3)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Ace (May 15, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441104029
- ISBN-13: 978-0441104024
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (356 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Children of Dune
"A major event."--Los Angeles Times
"Ranging from palace intrigue and desert chases to religious speculation and confrontations with the supreme intelligence of the universe, there is something here for all science fiction fans."--Publishers Weekly
"Herbert adds enough new twists and turns to the ongoing saga that familiarity with the recurring elements brings pleasure."--Challenging Destiny
Praise for Dune
"I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings."--Arthur C. Clarke
"A portrayal of an alien society more complete and deeply detailed than any other author in the field has managed...a story absorbing equally for its action and philosophical vistas."--The Washington Post Book World
"One of the monuments of modern science fiction."--Chicago Tribune
"Powerful, convincing, and most ingenious."--Robert A. Heinlein
"Herbert's creation of this universe, with its intricate development and analysis of ecology, religion, politics and philosophy, remains one of the supreme and seminal achievements in science fiction."--Louisville Times
Praise for Children of Dune
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With millions of copies sold worldwide, Frank Herbert's magnificent Dune books stand among the major achievements of the human imagination.
The desert planet has begun to grow green and lush. The life-giving spice is abundant. The nine-year-old royal twins, possessing their father's supernormal powers, are being groomed as Messiahs.
But there are those who think the Imperium does not need Messiahs...
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A series of character vignettes ease audiences back into the familiar world of Dune, setting the stage for a complex web of political intrigue. Within each chapter details are carefully doled out, making a minor mystery of the context, before giving way to dialogue and monologue driven scenes. Audiences are challenged to read between the lines and make their own conclusions about the characters, who speak with many layers of meaning.
At times the diverse plots can be a little daunting. Chapters rarely offer more than a scant reference to what’s come before. Instead they consistently plough ahead, engaging a variety of philosophical questions about the moral and utilitarian nature of existence, as well as the burdens of knowledge and duty. Alternating perspectives counterbalance the slow pacing of the narrative, and offer opposing views on the underlying issues. Characters are recognized as both sympathetic and callous, though gradually characters are cast as either villain or hero, paving the way for an ending that is satisfying, if a little anticlimactic, and leaves much unanswered. A strong waypoint that paves a new path for the rest of the series.
+Strong, Complex Characters
*Slow, dialogue driven plot
*Regularly alternating between numerous perspectives
The twins hold the key to the Atreides Empire and throughout the book are plotted against, subject to manipulation, and trying to figure out how to stay a step ahead of their foes. House Corrino, the former displaced Emperor Shaddam's Great House, is looking for a return to power on Arrakis and intends to do away with the twins to get this measure accomplished by putting the Emperors grandson Farad'n on the throne.
Readers of the Dune Series up to this point will thoroughly enjoy this book as more than a few familiar faces from the Atreides household come back, including an awesome surprise from a mysterious character that preaches against Paul's empire. Who is this strange character known as The Preacher and why is he doing this?
Overall, Children of Dune takes many twists and turns as the unstable Aunt Alia of the twins becomes more and more like the Abomination that the Bene Gesserit sisterhood predicted as she succumbs to being taken over by the spirit of a past family member and becomes more and more tyrannical over the Dune Empire that Paul worked so hard to build.
The Empire is unstable on Dune, as the religious government that Paul setup is being constantly abused and tightened by Alia. The twins know that a change is in order, the question is what sacrifices will they both have to make to ensure humanities survival not only on Dune, but throughout the galaxy?