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Dune Messiah (The Dune Chronicles, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1987
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Imagine for a moment that you are the son of a pretty influential guy, that you are pretty happy in your present home, and dad's boss sends him on a wild goose chase after a fortune, hoping, no Planning, that you fail, in order that he can secure a fortune, kill your whole family, and discredit your name forever. Now imagine that you narrowly escape, head off to exile where you are treated with suspicion, alternately an outsider and then as a god. In taking your revenge, you acquire the most important commodity in the universe, and you acquire the status of cult hero living god and emperor of the universe. Do you really think that you would be Mr. Nice Guy after all that?
If one looks at Dune in this light, what happens in this sequel, Dune Messiah seems right. Your relcuctant bride, Irulan, is sure to be bitter, and want only to be the bearer of the next emperor. If you are Bene Geserit, you would do anything to interfere with Paul. If you are from one of the conquered worlds, you very likely not be happy about this bitter guy being emperor. If you are of the spacing guild you won't be happy about him having control of the spice.Read more ›
Recently, I reread Dune and continued on through to Dune Messiah, reading both in only two weeks.
Dune Messiah is really just a continuation of the first, and it delivers a 'triumphant tragedy' that is makes a fitting end to the life of a Messiah.
Paul is thirty now (not very old at all), and the Jihad he feared so much is serving the purpose it is supposed to, mingling the genes of humanity and ending the stagnation that existing under the old Imperial system. He has been made both an Emporer and a God, and Alia leads his religion. Pilgrims come in their thousands to Arrakis to experience his Holyness.
However, there are many who plot against him. The Bene Gesserit wish to destroy Paul before he has the chance to establish an Atreides dynasty and regain the precious genes they worked so hard to create. The Fremen long for the old ways when water was precious and Arrakis was theirs. The Bene Tleilax want to gain a kwisatz haderach they can control, and the priests of Maud'Dib's own religion wish to make a martyr of him.
And with his prescience, Paul sees disaster for all man kind unless he follows one set path of the future, but is he willing to pay the price that comes with that future?
The plots that surround Paul are intriguing in their own right, but more intriguing is the development of Paul himself. Or rather, Paul's realisation that what he has created leads to its own stagnation.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The poetry of the book is heart touching, and its contents inspiring to the intellect. Worth the read easily, especially if you like to get immersed in the world of the books you... Read morePublished 9 hours ago by Thaine Smith
Great sequal to the first book. I feel tempted to pick up the third. Also quite satisfied with the closure provided for all characters, no need to read on. Read morePublished 5 days ago by mike
Better had it been a short story or the first part of "Children of Dune". I first read the chronicles decades ago and forgotten that I did not like this book even though I... Read morePublished 8 days ago by Steve Flynn
Although not the same as the first, it is still a read that pushes you further and further until the time is late and you remeber you have work the next morning. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
Read it after reading Dune (which was awesome). This is a good continuation of the story, which was clearly not finished. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Collin
Spoiler free: Although I found the pacing rather slow, I really liked the further character development of Paul Atreides; and I sympathized with his difficulty of making some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert B
A fantastic book. Dune just blew me out of the water to a point where Dune Messiah falls too far short to give it five stars.Published 1 month ago by David
After reading Dune, I was anxious to get my hands on the rest of the series. Unfortunately, Dune Messiah lacks much of what made the original novel great. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Matthew T. Brashears
Makes other more popular series look like the silly children's books they are. In reading the dune series one feels himself growing with something indefinable and ethereal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer