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The Sisterhood of Dune (Dune Schools of Dune Trilogy 1) - Kevin J. Anderson;Brian Herbert I love reading books set in the Dune universe because it’s such a richly detailed, vibrant world. This novel is set after the Battle of Corrin and features a war-torn world still coming to terms with the place of computers and science in it. The development of the Schools of Dune - learning centres dedicated to furthering human capabilities - is a natural result of the war against thinking machines, and I really enjoyed reading about it.The legacy of Reyna and Serena Butler is the most interesting aspect of the novel for me, with Manford Torondo leading the Butlerian zealots in their crusade against any type of technology. Manford is downright scary, exasperating in his hypocrisy and dangerous in his fervour. The most striking character in the book, in my opinion, is Vorian Atreides. His storyline was the most fascinating and I found his personality to be rather engaging. The Harkonnen children were my least favourite characters because I found their single-minded pursuit of revenge against Vorian tiresome. It was very hard to conjure up any sympathy for these kids, especially since I think they should have made the best of their situation and made something of themselves.I enjoyed Sisterhood of Dune immensely and look forward to reading the rest of the series and following the development and growth of the Schools that end up influencing the whole Dune universe. If you are a Dune fan I strongly recommend that you read this book, and if you are new to the Dune universe, then I recommend that you begin with the original book, Dune. Read more of my reviews here.