Title: The Warehouse
Author: Rob Hart
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Page Count: 368
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.
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Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.
But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouses…well, it doesn’t seem so bad. It’s more than anyone else is offering.
Zinnia never thought she’d be infiltrating Cloud. But now she’s undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the company’s darkest secrets. And Paxton, with his ordinary little hopes and fears? He just might make the perfect pawn. If she can bear to sacrifice him.
As the truth about Cloud unfolds, Zinnia must gamble everything on a desperate scheme—one that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world he’s so carefully assembled here.
Together, they’ll learn just how far the company will go…to make the world a better place.
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart is a thrilling futuristic science fiction fantasy. The story takes place in the near future when a retail giant known as the “Cloud” has expanded and taken over much of the business market. You can’t help but compare the store in the story to Amazon and how it has steadily grown and expanded in our world.
Paxton had once been a prison guard but he gave up that job to start his own business but after a couple of years Cloud has run Paxton out of business cutting his prices. Now Paxton is doing the only thing left for him and applying at Cloud for one of the only jobs left in the world.
Zinnia has also joined Paxton’s group of Cloud applicants taking the test under her fake identity. She has been hired by an outsider to get inside of one of Cloud’s factories and expose them. Passing the employment test Paxton and Zinnia are loaded onto a bus and taken to the nearest Cloud warehouse.
The Warehouse had such great world building with the Cloud taking over everything and housing their own “cities” while outside of that is a more dystopian world. One can just picture this being a realistic future while reading this when you can’t help but think of Amazon while reading. The only downside I had with this one was occasionally it would get a little too telling and not showing speeding the story along but otherwise it was a super engaging read.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Rob Hart is the author of the short story collection TAKE-OUT and the Ash McKenna series, which wrapped up with POTTER’S FIELD in July 2018. He is also the co-author of SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. His next book, THE WAREHOUSE, has sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He lives in New York City. Find him online at @robwhart and http://www.robwhart.com.