I can't remember the last time I read anything this intricate that at the same time was so vague that it compelled me to keep reading. This book has enough power hungry factions in it that George R.R. Martin would politely golf clap after putting it down. While more of the story does follow 15 year old Paul Atreidies, you do get the inner thoughts of all the other major characters as well. The majority of the action takes place on Arrakis, a desert planet seemingly void of life except for behemoth man eating worms that are drawn to any vibrations in the sand. Why does anyone live there, you ask? The Spice! Make sure you have a glass of water next to you when you read this, you're going to get thirsty.
Frank Herbert's classic masterpiece--a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time--nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the "spice" melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for.... When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul's family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.