Review: The Warehouse, by Rob Hart @robwhart @TransworldBooks


About the book:

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. 

“On the surface, The Warehouse is a thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find a terrifying cautionary tale of the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.”—Blake Crouch, New York Timesbestselling author of Dark Matter

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 is available to buy from 13th August.

My thoughts:

Paxton and Zinnia are two new recruits to The Cloud, a futuristic version that seems a lot like Amazon. They both have different reasons for wanting to bring The Cloud down, and they establish a friendship. Will they bring The Cloud down?

I really enjoyed this dystopian sci fi thriller! It was a frightening look at what the future could hold when one chain buys everything out.

Most of the chapters are told from either Paxton or Zinnia’s perspective – Paxton is in Security and Zinnia works in the warehouse. Interspersed throughout are blog posts written by the founder of The Cloud, and scripts from videos. These really added to the feeling of reality.

The chapters are relatively short, and mostly quite fast moving. I did find the middle dragged a bit – but you couldn’t really keep up the pace and show the monotonous tasks of day to day living.

Both Zinnia and Paxton are realistic, and characters you feel sympathy with.

It was thought provoking, mostly quite frighteningly realistic, and I would definitely recommend it.


*I was lucky enough to win an advanced copy from the publishers. I was under no obligation to review, but this is my unbiased thanks to them.*

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. His new novel, THE WAREHOUSE, coming from Crown in August 2019, has been sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He’s worked as a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for the city of New York. He is the former publisher at and the current class director at LitReactor. He lives in Staten Island with his wife and daughter.

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