Review of DUNE Messiah by Frank Herbert

The sequel to Dune takes place 12 years later. And yes, there are even more, “Plots within plots within plots…”

They’re trained to believe, not to know. Belief can be manipulated. Only knowledge is dangerous. “

on the Fremen, Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

I feel like this book has a lot to do with the Fremen way of life. Almost making them out to be a people that have a wild nature that can be compared to animals. Especially as seen in the end of this book. And yes, as the quote suggests, manipulation is the core of this book.

The story continues with Paul, Chani, Alia and Stilgar. The one character that is not at all represented and is barely spoken of is Jessica, Paul’s mother. This honestly led to some confusion for me about her status but it is cleared up immediately in the climax to the trilogy, Children of Dune.

There are some other new characters that are immediately introduced making, “Plots within plots within plots…” And there is a very interesting reintroduction of one of the original characters in Dune.

One of these characters is a very interesting type, called a Face Dancer. Face Dancers can change their face/body to appear and sound like anyone else. But how does a Face Dancer get by Paul who sees everything you may be wondering? Don’t worry, Frank Herbert has a very creative answer to that as well… but does it work?

Dune Messiah is unique in that it doesn’t take place fully in the desert. The Fremen are living an Arrakeen life that does not completely revolve around sand. Also, Paul has been busy these last 12 years with a jihad that has given him complete control over many other planets. But if you were paying attention in the first book, you would have to ask yourself, is this what he really wanted?

While this sequel to Dune answers many questions, it also leaves me with… dare I say it? Questions within questions within questions, HA! Where do we go from here? The ending left me devastated and hopeful. I am counting on you, Children of Dune, to really sum up this journey I’m on.

Please follow to read my review of the climax to the DUNE trilogy, Children of Dune. Happy reading everybody!

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