The Santaroga Barrier is classic Frank Herbert. It’s about a guy who
goes to investigate this extremely inwardly focused farm
community. They don’t ever leave, they don’t import anything from
outside; they’re completely self reliant. Gilbert Dasein is a
psychologist sent to figure out why the town seems so strange.
I dont want to give away the secret why the town is so strange, but
think about Dune and you’ll get the idea quickly.
This was a bit easier to read than some of Frank Herbert’s other
novels, but it was definitely enjoyable.