Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune #6)
By: Frank Herbert
Format/Source: Mass market paperback; my purchase
The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune’s power, have colonized a green world — and are turning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Here is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death. A stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever…
And here we are, at the last of the original Dune novels. It’s been quite a journey, finally getting around to reading the rest of the volumes in the original series. Took me a while to finish this last volume as I was busy with school and work at the time (was reading this during my commute and during my breaks).
Technically the premise for this volume was interesting as it deals with the fallout of the last novel. The world we know as Arrakis and all of the events that have occurred there is now gone but the factions are still fighting, namely the Bene Gesserits and the Honoured Matres. At this point it seems like the Honoured Matres are poised for victory as they’ve also destroyed the Bene Tleilax civilization and have taken over a number of worlds from the former Empire but the Bene Gesserits have the sandworms. The struggle within the Bene Gesserits on how to proceed moving forward was interesting, as is the ongoing struggle between the two competing mights of these two groups.
The problem I had with this book–and I guess this also stems from the fact that I was just too busy to really sit and immerse myself into the story–was that at this point I didn’t really care for any of the characters save for Duncan Idaho. The eternal stud of the Atreides, it seems, it is always interesting to see how he grapples with his memories and the latest events around him. But the other characters? Ehh, didn’t really care for them so much. And I’m not sure if again it was because I was busy and whatnot but I thought the pacing was a bit too slow for my liking, despite the fact that there was a lot of maneuvering around, characters trying to escape, factions shifting, etc.
Chapterhouse: Dune ends on a cliffhanger due to the author’s death. I had no idea tha the had planned for one final novel and while it was written by his son later on based on notes he found, I am nonetheless curious to see how the story was supposed to end. Overall Chapterhouse: Dune was an okay read; not as fascinating as the previous installments I found as I didn’t quite connect with the characters this time around. But it was good to finally get around to completing the series, lol.