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.
I haven’t read dystopian fiction in a while and it always amazes me to read about the future authors envision for the world. As this book is set in the future, we get to get to see the drive and choices leading to this future, the effects it has on the people, and the comfort it claims to provide (which is subjective).
Rob tells the story in multiple perspectives, Gibson the visionary behind Cloud (we get some insights on how cloud came to be and his part is told in a form of blog entries which was interesting to me). Then we have Zinnia, who is hired to destroy Cloud and who hired her is a mystery to us from the beginning. We also have Paxton, who knows a side of Cloud that no one knows but then he finds himself in the midst of everything. I found that these 3 characters were well thought of and provided enough information about the company and its functionality. It is so much easier to relate and get invested in them. And Paxton’s side of the story is so interesting as it portrays a normal man trying to find himself.
In terms of the plot, I felt like the pacing was amazingly written building up to the time where the mystery is revealed and can I just say that I did not expect that at all I was shocked.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and I’d highly recommend it. It allows you to think in terms of where we are currently and what this book is envisioning as a future. Its a thought provoking book, provides insights and I am so grateful for the challenge.
Title: The Warehouse Author: Rob Hart Genre: Dystopian Fiction Published: 13 August 2019 Publisher: Penguin Page count: 359
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