Dune: The Butlerian Jihad
Book 1 of the Legends of Dune series.
Written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
Narrated by Scott Brick
Serena Butler is a political activist in the League of Humans because her father is the Viceroy. Well maybe that is how that works. They live on Salusa Secundus which all you Dune fans remember was the prison planet in the original Dune and ruled by the Corin family. Salusa is one of the worlds owned by ‘feral’ humans, those not overlorded by machine intelligences. It is a goal of the Cybermechs and Omnius to consume all of the planets that humans want. Serena doesn’t like that and neither does her heartthrob Xavier Harkonnen.
All the seeds of the series we know are gestated in the telling of this tale in which mankind throws off the yoke of thinking machines and takes back their destiny. I really enjoyed the crafting of this story and the ground work it lays to help see how to reach Frank Herbert’s Dune. The next editions in this series I hope will go a little easier on the Narrator data dump and allow characters to relate the story.
Well done. Giving this one three out of five entertainment units. Enjoy.