by Rob Hart
Pub Date 13 Aug 2019
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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.
'The Warehouse is an inventive, addictive, Crichton-esque, page-turning, near-future dystopian thriller about a corporation ruling over every aspect of our late-capitalism lives' Paul Tremblay, author of The Cabin at the End of the World
Welcome to Cloud, your new workplace and, since Cloud is a live-work facility, your new home. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay with us, but don’t take our word for it! Here’s what our employees have to say about their experience in The Warehouse:
‘Where do I start? You will enjoy The Warehouse even if you don’t like dystopian fiction (I typically don’t!). It is smart, immediately intriguing and incredibly gripping, filled with well-layered characters and clever twists that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Think Black Mirror meets 1984. I urge everyone to read it.’ Helena Gonda, Editor
‘I NEED everyone to read The Warehouse so that I can talk about it more. I read it in 2 sittings and was really angry when it finished because it was over too soon. This book could become a reality within our lifetime and that is scary, but also makes for a FANTASTIC read.’ Sophie Bruce, Marketing Executive
‘Hands down the best book I’ve read this year, not sure it will be beaten. Rob has managed to create a terrifying world that, unfortunately, doesn’t feel too far away. Drone deliveries, live-in jobs, tracking devices at all times (argh!). It’s also a bloody good thriller that keeps you hooked until the last page.’ Tom Hill, Senior Press Officer
‘Loved it. Anyone who has an online retail account should read this. A real page-turner of a thriller with thought provoking issues at its heart, and which will leave you scared of what the future may look and taste like. Bring on the drones!’ Leon Dufour, Senior Marketing Designer
‘We’ve collectively decided that our own comfort is more important than someone else’s discomfort’ This statement from Rob Hart is a disquieting fact that has stayed with me since reading The Warehouse. On one level it’s an entertaining fast paced novel about the little people fighting against the machine. But it’s also a terrifying mirror in which to view the path we are going down. For some this world is already here.’ Janine Giovanni, Marketing Director