Dune: House Atreides was written as part of a prequel to the novel Dune, by Brain Herbert's father, Frank Herbert. The book takes place in a large galaxy full of millions of inhabited planets, ruled by various Houses, which are all controlled by one emperor. The main story follows the life of Leto Atreides, heir to House Atreides, and his struggle becoming Duke. For Leto to learn more about the other worlds, Leto's Father, Duke Paulus Atreides, sends him to live on the planet of Ix, a machine planet, ruled by House Vernius. Shortly after Leto arrives on Ix, things begin to go terribly wrong due to the scheming of higher officials. The story overall has many complex relationships which lead to many murders, and a great deal of treachery.
Dune: House Atreides had a very likeable main character, Leto, who is an easy character to relate to based on his morals and aspirations. However, the story was also told through the viewpoints of other characters such as the Crown Prince, Pardot Kynes, the Baron, and many others. Dune: House Atreides was a great book, and I would recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction and intricate plots. - Josh, Class of 2009