The Warehouse by Rob Hart
Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: August 20, 2019
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.
(Blurb as found on goodreads)
** Thank you to Netgalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with an eARC of this book**
This book was great! A near-future dystopian romp that examines consumerism, and how big corporations might play a part in our declining future.
There’s a lot that really worked about the book, and at the top of that list is the future Hart created. It’s frightening how believable it is. Perfect enough for me to give my amazon prime membership a solid side-eye.
The characters are also great, I found both Paxton and Zinnia compelling and relatable, and I especially enjoyed how their relationship unfolded. The format of the book was also great, I especially loved the way the repetition of the days was shared, and the idea of big corporations building cities to house their workers—and how the separation between work and home could impact the mental health of works.
Overall, I thought this book was fantastic, and have subjected more than a few people to excited rants about the questions it brings up. It’s fast-paced and thrilling to the last page, and I loved the way it ended.
I’d recommend it to anyone who loves near-future science fiction and thrillers, and wants to experience just a little bit of a insecurity over whether or not they can trust online shopping.
To buy the book: https://robwhart.com/the-warehouse/
To learn more about the author: https://robwhart.com/about/
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