This book all started with the family Atreides landing on plant Arrakis,
commonly known as Dune. The planet Dune was the centre of the universe due to
its immense amounts of spice. This spice is greatly needed for all planets as
fuel and for raw materials. The family Atreides were asked by Emperor himself
to go and mine the spice on the planet. Their greatest enemy the Harkonnen\'s,
were also on Dune. These two families mining the precious spice on the same
plant would lead to great troubles and wars.
Soon after that, I was introduced to a very brave and insightful young
man. The young man is Paul Atreides. Paul is medium height with short, black
hair. His mother Jessica is a Bene Gesserit that means she knows the “weirding
way.” This means Jessica is trained to kill and is also trained as a mind
reader. She is very tall and beautiful and is always concerned with the actions
of Paul, the future ruler of the galaxy.
Jessica\'s teacher, the Reverend Mother heard of Paul and thought that he
might be the great leader that the prophets told of. The Reverend Mother came
to Dune and tested Paul to see if this was so. Paul underwent great pain and
suffering but passed the tests with the highest reverence. Duke Leto, Paul\'s
father now came into the picture. He was the leader of the Atreides Family. He
seemed very established and perceptive. The Atreides family represented good
and honesty while their enemies, the Harkonnen\'s, were ruthless killers.
The Harkonnen home planet, Gedi Prime was very desolate and dark. It
represented the immorality and darkness within the Harkonnens. Their leader
Baron Vladimir Harkonnen was very obese and inhuman. He killed his own slaves
for fun and hated the Atreides with a passion. He hated their peaceful and
honest ways. Most of all he despised their coming to Dune. This Harkonnen
leader appeared the typical tyrant leader. Vladimir Harkonnen\'s most trusted
solider Feyd-Rautha was also like him except his physical appearance was that of
ideal shape and form.
Back at the Atreides base more characters are introduced to me. They
are Duncan Idaho who was the personal trainer for Paul Atreides, Dr. Yeuh who
was a good friend of the Duke and later was found out to be a traitor, and
Thufir Hawat the security officer of the base. All these men seemed greatly
trusted in the Atreides family. They taught Paul much about fighting and
protecting himself from his enemies. These men along with Paul\'s mother and
father helped prepare him for the coming hardships ahead. A group of people
named the Fremen also were presented. They were people who lived in the desert
within the forbidden zone. The forbidden zone was where no one would ever
travel. It was said that there are huge masses of Fremen there along with giant
sandworms reaching a length of four hundred and fifty meters. The Fremen
harvested spice, lived in the cities and in underground cities. Their eyes were
bright blue on blue due to the saturation of the spice which changed their
The beginning of this book was very interesting and told me much about
each characters background and personality. I knew there was something special
about Paul and his mother right from the start just by how the author described
them. The family Atreides was very strong and even feared by the Emperor himself
because he knew that Paul was the prophet who was destined to stop all violence,
hunger, spice mining, armies and fighting. He was to bring a new era along with
his leadership. This frightened the Emperor that forced him to act against the
Atreides family.
The Harkonnen\'s seemed a bit too uninteresting and average to me. They
were evil and hated all that was good. The author should of added a bit more “
spice” to their characters. This would of made the story more enjoyable.
Otherwise, this science fiction novel is like it says on the cover, “A world
beyond your experience, beyond your imagination.”
The emperor sent the Atreides to Dune for one purpose only. Their
destruction. He joined forces with the Harkonnens and attacked the Atreides.
The Harkonnen spy, Dr. Yeuh turned off the defence\'s of the base that resulted
in the defeat of the Atreides. All were killed except Jessica, Paul and Duncan
Idaho. They managed to escape in a spice mining ship deep into the desert, in
the middle of the forbidden zone.
The forbidden zone was very desolate and all you could see was sand
dunes and rock piles. This place was to be inhabited