The Warehouse

The Warehouse

by Rob Hart

Overview: 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.

Deanna Boe (09/26/19): I heard about this book on a morning show and thought it sounded interesting so decided it was the book to read on my return to Georgia. I honestly don’t know what made it sound like something I would enjoy reading, and I still don’t after reading it. If you liked the books BRAVE NEW WORLD, or 1984 this is the book for you. In many ways it made me think about “Amazon” and how it seems to be taking over so much of our lives today. I am as guilty as anyone since I have never enjoyed shopping and how easy it is to simply go on line, find something, order it, and bingo it is here one or two days later (usually.) This is a “near future techno thriller.” If you like that type of book you will enjoy this, as for me, I am not sure.

The United States, and from the sounds of it, the rest of the world is falling apart. It is not totally clear as to what happened but people are having a horrible time finding good jobs, businesses are failing, and “Cloud” has taken over. What is “Cloud?” It is something like Amazon or only more-so. Cloud has put the majority of the businesses out of work, and so people are desperate to work for Cloud. Not only do they provide you with a job, but a place to live, eat, be entertained….in short provide you with everything you think you need. The catch is simply you have to be selected to work for Cloud, which isn’t easy.

At the beginning of the book you are at a place where people are taking tests to see if the qualify to work and live at Cloud. Once a few are selected they are bused to the Cloud facility. Once you go in it is almost impossible to leave, well you can, but then what? There are few jobs or decent places to live. The people are assigned certain jobs within the facility, and depending how good you are at that job, it will be your job always, everyday. You have seen pictures on TV where it shows an Amazon warehouse and how people race from one spot to another to find various objects and then take them to another spot where they are wrapped and sent on their way. (Although lately it seems I have seen more robots doing this?) Anyway, the people wearing “red” shirts do this all day. The people in blue shirts wander all over the facility to make sure everyone is doing what they are suppose to be doing, they are the police. There are those in brown shirts, white shirts – well you get the idea. What I don’t understand is how they can be sending out so many packages to the people outside of Cloud, if there are few jobs available, how can they afford these products? Oh well, you get the idea.

There is a mystery in the sense one young lady from the very beginning is there for “no good,” although we don’t know what that is. Does she succeed? Will Cloud survive? Guess you will have to read it to find out.
Rating: ***+

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