This book is one half of the size of its’ prequel and also much worse. While the writing style is what you would expect from this author,the actual plot of this book is incredibly unimportant. Paul Atreides/Usul/Paul Maud’dib/Maud’dib is now faced with the inner workings of government and the need to produce an heir. The need for production of a heir to the throne is stressed with the upmost import until Chani, his concubine and love interest from the previous book, is able to become pregnant with twins. His sister, Alia, is also a much more prominent part of this story and is unwillingly involved in part of a unsuccessful coup d’etat. This whole coup begins as outside forces that wish to rule Dune and eventually kill Paul make a sort of lookalike version of Duncan Idaho, a man who partially raised Paul as well as sacrificed himself for Paul. The outside forces constantly try to undermine Paul throughout the book, even setting off a bomb that makes Paul blind. Meanwhile, the lookalike somehow morphs into the original Duncan and is ultimately able to save Paul’s’ life. As the coup is stopped and all is right with both Paul and his children, Paul is sent out into the desert to die in a Fremen ritual, as he is now completely blind. To close, Dune Messiah sets up many possibilities for the future by killing the main character. I’m sure these possibilities are interesting; however, I can’t stand to go through another of these books.