Dune by Frank Herbert
Sci-Fi, Desert, War, Politics, Rebellion, Prophesy, Survival, Betrayal
The Houses Atreides and Harkonnen fight over control of the planet Arrakis, sole producer of the drug called spice that is essential to the economy of the Galactic Empire and allows for interstellar travel and trade. While galactic politics are in a state of unrest, the native population of Arrakis, the Fremen, moves toward a great uprising led by the prophet Muad’dib. Dune is an amazing combination of present-day Earth cultures merged, spread, and advanced across the universe thousands of years in the future. The characters and universe are really well developed and hopefully the sequels provide even more information and closure.
Sequels: Dune Messiah, Children of Dune, God Emperor of Dune, Heretics of Dune, Chapterhouse: Dune