Author: Rob Hart
Genre: Dystopian thriller
Format: Hardback 368 pages
Release Date: 15 August 2019
Publisher: Random House UK
My thanks to Becky Short for the advanced readers copy provided to me for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition.
Amidst the wreckage, an online retail giant named Cloud reigns supreme. Cloud brands itself not just as an online storefront, but as a global saviour. Yet, beneath the sunny exterior, lurks something far more sinister.
Paxton never thought he’d be working Security for the company that ruined his life, much less that he’d be moving into one of their sprawling live-work facilities. But compared to what’s left outside, perhaps Cloud isn’t so bad. Better still, through his work he meets Zinnia, who fills him with hope for their shared future.
Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials, might just be her meal ticket.
As Paxton and Zinnia’s agendas place them on a collision course, they’re about to learn just how far the Cloud will go to make the world a better place.
To beat the system, you have to be inside it.
I absolutely love books that are set in a future that is all too realistically possible and ‘The Warehouse’ provides just that kind of read. This book could easily be a look into our future maybe 20/30 years from now and it’s a bit of a shock to the system!
Paxton is at a crossroads in his life. His dreams of being an inventor were scuppered by ‘The Cloud’ and in a way to fight back he decides to get a job at the Company which destroyed his. What he wasn’t counting on was meeting Zinnia. Zinnia has joined The Cloud for other reasons entirely and whilst not on the look out to make friends or acquaintances she finds herself warming to Paxton and they develop an unlikely relationship. They are both motivated by entirely different perspectives and this makes them very interesting characters to read about.
This book has a really unique way of wrapping up some serious social issues into a gripping story and one I personally did not want to put down. I really hope there is some kind of sequel to this because there are not enough books that fit into this particular genre out there are the moment.
About the Author
Rob Hart is the author of the Ash McKenna crime series and the short-story collection Take- Out. He also co-wrote Scott Free with James Patterson. He’s worked as a book publisher, a political reporter, and a communications director for a politician and was a commissioner for the city of New York. He lives on Staten Island with his wife and daughter.
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