Title: Dune Messiah
Author: Frank Herbert
Series: Dune #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 350 pages
Release Date: July 1, 1969
Recommended for fans of: Dune
Content Warnings: pregnancy, infertility, drug use, adult/minor relationship, reference to incest
Book Two in the Magnificent Dune Chronicles—the Bestselling Science Fiction Adventure of All Time
Dune Messiah continues the story of Paul Atreides, better known—and feared—as the man christened Muad’Dib. As Emperor of the known universe, he possesses more power than a single man was ever meant to wield. Worshipped as a religious icon by the fanatical Fremen, Paul faces the enmity of the political houses he displaced when he assumed the throne—and a conspiracy conducted within his own sphere of influence.
And even as House Atreides begins to crumble around him from the machinations of his enemies, the true threat to Paul comes to his lover, Chani, and the unborn heir to his family’s dynasty…
Dune Messiah depicts the dark side of hero worship. Paul Atreides Muad’Dib’s unprecedented power has made him more of an idea and figurehead than a man. Even though he is Emperor, he is not truly in control of his fate. Prescience weighs heavy on Paul, and even with the knowledge of a conspiracy against him, he feels there is little he can do to change the outcomes that must be. The way this book dealt with themes of power and prophecy reminded me of Shakespeare’s tragedies like Macbeth, Julius Caesar, and King Lear. I also really liked Alia in this book. I do wish Jessica had been a central character because she’s my favorite. Still, I absolutely loved this. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, and also pretty weird because it’s Dune.