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Book review - Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Updated on June 15, 2011

This is the third book from the Dune saga. Paul Atreides went to the desert after his blindness. His sister , Alia, now rules the Empire, struggling in the same time to overcome her inner voices from the past. The two children of Paul, Ghanima and Leto, try to establish a new way for the future of human kind, opposed to the one that their father chosen .

The action is quite alert in this book and follows multiple characters caught with their schemes in the stage set previously by Paul’s actions. Alia is growing weaker in her attempts of controlling the people from her past, finishing by being possessed by the mortal enemy of the Atreides, the infamous baron Harkonnen. The fremens are changing in ways that are not well received by those who followed the old paths. And Leto, who try to set a new path for the human race based on a different vision that his father had. An epic moment in the book is the confrontation of the two men , Leto and his father Paul, each trying to protect his own vision of the future.

In the end Leto prevails and, after seizing the throne, begun his work of modeling the future of human race. The price is dire though, as in all Herbert books his heroes must take the right actions for the sake of humanity in detriment of their personal life. The life extended over thousands of years, without possibility of giving birth to a child, watching your friends and relatives dying over and over again and knowing every moment of how your life is going to look like because of capacity of seeing the future. Is this worth it? This is the question that remains after finishing this another great book from the saga.

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