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.
The narrator never missed a beat. It is ironic when you compare how machines treated human slaves and humans did the same if not worse. The author exposes great things humans can do while at the same time the worst and the hypocrisy of it all.
I have been a fan of the "Dune" series for much of my life. This book is a great story, as it sets the stage for the whole series, as you see the earliest origins of all the families and organizations seen later in the series. I greatly enjoyed this book.
After reading all of the negative reviews for this title I was skeptical. But like most things the worse the reviews the more I like it. I honestly don't know what all of those people are talking about. This is a very good sci-fi story that filled in many blank spots.
I rarely leave a written review for any audiobook. I do it this time to urge you to give it a chance and make up your own mind.
If you *REALLY* like the Dune universe then this book will likely be enjoyable albeit maddeningly predictable at times. There are too many nudges at what the characters are foreshadowing.
Tio Holtzman and Xavier Harkonnen were interesting enough origins.
Ajax the Cymek and Iblis Ginjo climatic scene.
Iblis Ginjo, Serena Butler, and Erasmus' climatic scene.
If you aren't already well versed in Dune lore then I suggest skipping to the original Dune hexalogy.
Ich heisse Bernd, gar nicht 'Brernd'. Das iss genook
From early on (even in this book), I could tell that the saga were entrusted to the correct minds, imaginations, hands.
I loved the evil of Erasmus. He's up there w Darth Vader in my opinion. Bravo, Gentlemen!
NO. Yet the idiotic Windows Audible "Manager" tried to force this on me, with no control of chapters.