I have read many of Herbert's books. I found some of them good and others not so good. This book falls well within the "good" category.
Even though it was written over 20 years ago, its subject matter (systemic hatred, tribalism, terrorism, WMD, vengence, survival, redemption) addresses situations which could have been taken from today's headlines. I found it very thought provoking as well as entertaining.
Written in 1983, The White Plague reveals its decade and biases throughout.
Its primary flaws are that Herbert, in 1983, could not imagine a 1996 with women in charge of their own lives, a world without IRA bombers and what the world would become with a bio terrorist on the loose.
His one woman character is cardboard while the men are all fully-realized. The world where there are 10,000 men to one woman should have more women leaders. Instead, the women are content to marry leaders and produce babies for them. The main character is profoundly religious in the beginning but by the end is happy to take on many "husbands" so that she could "do her duty" to repopulate the world. Where is her, or any other woman's, desire for power, for women would have a lot of power in such a world.
His lack of imagination of a world without the IRA kept me from suspending my disbelief. And Herbert's poorly imagined world response to a bio terrorist that targeted women kept me skeptical.
The White Plague is better left in 1983, where it belongs.
This was one of the most boring books I have listened to. The beginning was pretty fast paced and interesting but the remainder was very tedious with an ending I honestly slept through and had no desire to "rewind" and endure.
Don't waste your book credit on this,
I thought I would enjoy this book but by the time I had reached second half, I stopped listening.
The only way I can describe it is zoom out and zoom in. The zoom in is the time with characters and the zoom out is discussion. This was disjointed and I found I had hard time keeping up with characters
I tried and tried but could not even make it midway through. Parts of the story were very interesting, but some parts were sleep inducing. Maybe an abridged version would be better.
Kind of slow moving and anti-church. delves deeply into the darker depressing side of humanity. Ok for a listen but there are many other books that will hold your attention.