by Rob Hart
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Crown (August 20, 2019)
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Print Length: 368 pages
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.
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
Creative, imaginative and terrifying, is Rob Hart’s THE WAREHOUSE a piece of literary genius or a prediction of the future humanity could be heading for? This near-future, dystopian tale actually feels like it has roots in the contemporary business world where consumers crave the one-stop shopping experience, done online with the click of a button, then voila, your purchase is at your door while the brick and mortar shops crumble.
Welcome to a world where one company has almost completely devoured the American economy, where being employed by them means living within their structures, eating their food and losing all sense of individuality and privacy, because the Cloud is watching, tracking you, and rating your performance. One would think that evil would have no place in such a controlled atmosphere, but, leave it to humanity to find a way to obtain illegal substances, perpetuate sexual aggression and even murder for hire. With a touch of romance thrown in, one security officer and one “merchandise picker” will be put to the ultimate test of loyalty, trust and make discoveries that are chilling, all while under the scrutiny of the Cloud.
A good read, a little fascinating and a little creepy in the parallels that can be drawn with the seeming potential for big business to become Big Brother, all while we still insist on destroying the gifts that Mother Nature gave us!
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Crown! This is my honest and voluntary review.