I was looking for something to read recently when I came across The Warehouse by Rob Hart. The blurb grabbed my attention so I had to read it, even though it wasn’t the type of book I would normally go for. I’m so pleased I tried something new! The Warehouse is a dystopian novel set in America.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
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 really enjoyed reading this book even though it was completely different to the usual book I would go for. At the weekend we drove past loads of distribution centres on the outskirts of a town. With our High Streets becoming emptier it’s not hard to see that The Warehouse way of living will happen one day. Much as I dislike commuting I would hate to live and work in the same place! Although at first it seemed idealistic, as you read The Warehouse you see how even this idealistic system can be corrupted by the people who live inside.
The author was inspired to write this book after reading about a lady in America who died in her car. Despite working three jobs for a huge chain which made million every year, she couldn’t afford to pay rent. The author said that this story inspired him as we’ve collectively decided that our own comfort is more important than someone else’s discomfort. That has really stayed with me since I finished the book.
Thank you to NetGalley for the #gifted review copy.