May, 2017:
"Children of Dune" by Frank Herbert

Book cover, Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Essential data

Author: Frank Herbert
Genre: Science fiction
Published: 1976
Pages: 409
Reading started: May 8th, 2017
Current progress: Page 409 of 409 (100%)
Reading ended: June 24th, 2017. "Children of Dune" was successfully finished in 47 days.
Review score: 3 of 5

Description

Wikipedia: Nine years after Emperor Paul Muad'Dib walked into the desert, blind, the ecological transformation of Dune has reached the point where some Fremen are living without stillsuits in the less arid climate and have started to move out of the sietches and into the villages and cities. As the old ways erode, more and more pilgrims arrive to experience the planet of Muad'Dib. The Imperial high council has lost its political might and is powerless to control the Jihad.

Paul's young twin children, Leto II and Ghanima, have concluded that their guardian Alia has succumbed to abomination - the possession by one of her ancestors - and fear that a similar fate awaits them. They (and Alia) also realize that the terraforming of Dune will kill all the sandworms, thus destroying the source of the spice, but the thing which has possessed Alia desires this outcome. Leto also fears that, like his father, he will be trapped by his prescience.

Reader's note: This is my second attempt on finishing the third book in Frank Herbert's amazing Dune series. Having played Stellaris for a while now, I feel I'm very much ready for some more classic space opera.