The Warehouse

Rob Hart

Rating: 3 out of 5.

The Warehouse is a glimpse into a near future where a single corporate entity, Cloud, dominates the retail world.  In a climate-ravaged world of automation, high unemployment, low wages, and scarce affordable housing, Cloud offers not just a place to work but also a safe community in which to live.  Cloud is saving the USA, all thanks to one man – Gibson Wells, the self-made billionaire owner.

The new intake at Cloud includes an ex-teacher and an ex-prison guard – according to their applications, at least.  Each of them has their own reason for being there, neither of which would sit well with Gibson Wells.  Is Cloud really the safe and comfortable place to live and work that it claims to be?  Zinnia and Paxton are about to find out.

I find it hard to put my finger on what it is that this book wants to be.  Is it dystopian sci-fi, or corporate espionage thriller, or a warning of what is to come should companies like Amazon and Google continue to grow?  The premise works but is repeatedly let down by the perfunctory writing and shallow characterisation.  I enjoyed the novel, and there were many points raised which made me feel uncomfortable about the way in which we seem to be heading as a civilisation, but it just left me with a feeling that it could have been so much more.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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