If you feel like Amazon, Facebook and Google are taking over more and more of your life… if it seems like they know what products you use and what content you consume… if you think we’re becoming cogs in their giant consumer mechanism, then you need to read Rob Hart’s The Warehouse.
From the publisher:
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 felt very near-dystopian. What made this all feel so real to me was how much of the setting was only *slightly* farther down the path we’re already on.
With Amazon and Google and Facebook controlling so much data and technology, and conditions at Foxconn in China very similar to what life is like at Cloud in The Warehouse, maybe we’re already there.
There is obvious tension between Zinnia and Paxton, each joining Cloud with an agenda hidden from the other. There were a few interesting twists that kept me guessing how The Warehouse would end.
After finishing the book, you’ll probably be as surprised as I was to see elements and themes from The Warehouse reported in the media. It’s a great piece of fiction that is *almost* true-to-life.