Exhaustion was the first reaction to having read this book. Then came excitement that I had been introduced to a totally new universe.
Set on a desert planet -- which could possibly be earth? -- the characters are all about power and either ignoring or abiding by the rules. The thirst for dominion is rampant and little is taboo so long as you see yourself as the exception.
The movie was such an extravaganza, but just as tedious in details. Try Heinlein for more succinct plotting, characterization, etc.
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