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In their latest joint project, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson go 10,000 years into the past when machines ruled the galaxy. The Dune universe has a new story to tell—of the woman who begat a rebellion.

Serena Butler's pastoral homeworld Salusa Secundus is heavily damaged when invading machines sneak past the Holtzman shields. Serena's fiancé Xavier Harkonnen inspects the efficacy of other Human League worlds' shields, yet he misses a weakness and marauding machines blast through Giedi Prime's defenses. Eschewing bureaucratic approval, Serena leads a commando team to Giedi Prime to get a second weapons array operational before the planet is entirely destroyed. When she's captured and taken to Earth as a house slave to a high echelon robot, Xavier believes her dead.

DUNE: THE BUTLERIAN JIHAD is a stunning, emotionally wrought look at the impetus behind humanity's rebellion against machine tyranny. Messrs. Herbert and Anderson create vivid characters—both human and machine—with passionate goals. Fans of the Dune saga will relish discovering the origins of familiar technology. (Sep., 624 pp., $27.95)

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper