God Emperor of Dune - Frank Herbert

Most civilisation is based on cowardice. It's so easy to civilize by teaching cowardice. You water down the standards which would lead to bravery. You restrain the will. You regulate the appetites. You fence in the horizons. You make a law for every movement. You deny the existence of chaos. You teach even the children to breathe slowly. You tame.

~ Spoilers for Children of Dune ~

God Emperor of Dune is the fourth book of the Dune series written by Frank Herbert, first published in 1981. The saga continues for the Atreides family after one of Paul Muad'Dib's twins, Leto, fused his own body with sandworm to ensure his vision for humankind, the Golden Path, in the previous book. He lives for nearly thirty-five thousand years ruling the empire, ensuring its survival and peace. However, Siona, the latest descendant of the Atreides family sees Leto as nothing more than a tyrant and a beast. She leads a rebellion against Leto, even though she realizes the Worm could see their every move.

Okay, first of all. This series is getting weirder and more ridiculous each passing book. I can't say for sure whether this is more good than bad, because I haven't read the whole story. I hope it's good because of how different this book feels to me compared to other science fictions. I mean, an aboministic giant worm monster as a protagonist? That's what kind of story I want from this genre!

What I like the most in this book is the God Emperor itself, Leto Atreides II. Seeing his wisdom is one thing I always love from the Atreides, but more importantly, him discovering his lost humanity after meeting a new love is just much more precious. I can't help thinking that maybe he's not as bad as her subjects think he is. His Golden Path, whatever it is, could be the vision needed to save humankind from itself.

Overall, a great continuation and stage-setup for the series. Can't wait to read the next one!

God Emperor of Dune
Frank Herbert
First Published
May 6, 1981