Dune #1. Author: Frank Herbert.
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
(Summary from amazon)
There’s a reason this is considered classic sci-fi. While it’s perhaps not as fast-paced as more recent books, Dune is a very political book – you have to enjoy the worldbuilding, the careful cycles and delicate balances of power that Frank Herbert has set up.
Sexual Content Man and wife plan together for the woman to seduce a different, younger, man and carry his child. “I will watch while you, with your own hands, kill all the women in the pleasure-wing.” Baron orders guard to drug young, male slave he bought and bring him to the baron’s sleeping chambers. One of the characters is a bound concubine, rather than wife to the man, even though he loves her and takes no other (because of social order problems).
Language: 24 d***
Violence: Woman is stabbed in back, in her dying throes when found. Man killed in natural explosion. Ritual knife-fight, one of the men killed. Gladiator killed in his fight with a poisoned knife. Character orders man garrotted. Hand-to-hand fighting, few details. Foiled assassination attempt with a remote-controlled needle-device.