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An eerie modern take on Orwell s 1984 What struck me the most was the plausibility It s crossed my mind, as I m sure it has yours, that a monopoly online retailer has the power to change the world Is changing the world.In the USA especially, where convenience and instant gratification rule, it is easy to go with the flow without looking at the possible consequences Portrayed so well in this story.The world has become a harsh environment We have polluted and consumed to the edge of extinction There is only one escape The Cloud The Cloud is a behemoth online retailer that provides for all your needs including housing and medical care if you re one of the lucky ones to work for them The conditions seem atrocious to us readers, but to the characters who have only the harsher outside world to go to it s better than nothing It s truly scary to see how the characters are easily brainwashed into the system It s even scarier to think that it could would happen to me.Hang on for this thrilling ride into a near future reality The end will have you gasping and asking for Review ARC graciously provided by the publisher via NetGalley This dystopian novel is set in the near future when Earth has been ravaged by climate change In America, cities have been destroyed by gun violence and economic collapse Unemployment is rife, the government is collapsing and citizens are scared to leave their homes A behemoth like company called the Cloud has pushed most companies out of business and supplies nearly everything to American homes, all delivered by drones so they never have to venture outside to shop Cloud has built mega live work complexes all round the country offering accommodation and jobs to those who are prepared to work under its restrictive and draconian policies People work 12h per day, 7 days per week in whatever job they are assigned and get paid in credits they can use on accommodation, food and other goods within Cloud In exchange for these basic comforts, people are under constant surveillance by a personal tracking device and there every move is watched There are no unions and they must maintain a certain star rating for performance or they are ejected back out into the world to survive as best they can Ruling overall is Cloud s founder and CEO, Gibson Wells Convinced he is saving the world by providing a new way of living, with green policies and refusal to sell guns, he is a man with limited time left due to his aggressive cancer Rob Hart has created a future that is scarily plausible with consumerism taken to its extreme Into this world enter two new recruits, Paxton, an inventor whose company was pushed out of the market by Cloud, and Zinnia, hired to infiltrate the company to hunt out its darkest secrets Told from their points of view, as well as missives from Gibson Wells, the plot unfolds at a fast pace as Zinnia and Paxton learn the ropes in the Cloud and Zinnia tries to find weaknesses in the Cloud s security that will let her get to the heart of their operations.This is an original and thought provoking novel In addition to writing an engaging thriller, Hart has built a credible near future world encompassing some worrying features of contemporary life, including rising economic immigration, rising gun violence, the increased incidence of workers not earning enough to live on, the effect of climate change on crops and the economy as well as competitive business practices forcing small companies and shops out of business 4.5 With thanks to Netgalley and Random House for an advanced copy to read Gun Violence, Climate Change And Unemployment Have Ravaged The United States Beyond RecognitionAmidst 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 SinisterPaxton 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 FutureExcept That Zinnia Is Not What She Seems And Paxton, With His All Access Security Credentials, Might Just Be Her Meal TicketAs 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 An endorsement from Blake Crouch was all I needed to request this book from netgalley Imagine a world in the not so distant future where has become even all encompassing and you have The Warehouse Most small businesses have disappeared, driverless trucks and drones are the norm, and job choices are slim The world is crashing and burning climate change, minimal government, the lack of clean water, out of control migration Of course, it s not just this book derides Hart has stolen other elements from our lives Apple Watch, a government on the side of corporations than humans the Worker Responsibility Act will scare you silly We hear from alternating narratives from our three main characters Gibson is the founder of The Cloud Paxton finds himself working for the Cloud after they forced his small business to fold Zinnia is there on an undercover espionage mission I liked that the different narratives provided us with a point counterpoint to the capitalism vs worker argument If 1984 painted a picture against communism, The Warehouse goes after capitalism In both instances, it s the individual that gets trampled There s a very dry, subtle sense of humor here Not just the names of the laws Gibson has enacted, but the commercials But there s also a real darkness here, especially as the book progresses This book did a great job of keeping me engaged It s got a fast pace and quite a few interesting side stories It actually spooked me As someone who uses a lot, I really felt like part of the problem My thanks to netgalley and Crown for an advance copy of this book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review In the not too distant future, the world is dominated by The Cloud, an online retail one stop shop that feeds the growing demand for consumerism and controls everything, and everyone Essentially, it s the of the next decade And that s what makes this so chillingly real This reminded me of the recent Doctor Who episode Kerblam which follows a similar storyline about an all powerful, all seeing retail company that dominates the galaxy with an ulterior motive Like that episode, the world building is really well done, with every detail about living, working and sleeping within your place of work all day, every day exposed bare There are also subtle hints about the wider world, and the damage that s occurred to the country and political state, but it s never overly done rather, it s left open to reader interpretation without stating the obvious There s also a wonderful sense of dread that runs throughout, mingled in with the every day monotony of working in a warehouse, where your only form of payments come in credits for The Cloud, and your every move is monitored You know that there s something a little sinister and suspect lurking around every corner, but you re not sure what it is, and what form it s going to take The story is told over three POVs, from Paxton the new security employee who s own business went bust because of The Cloud, the inquisitive and insightful Zinnia, who is working as a double agent and Gibson Wells, owner of The Cloud Each voice is distinct from the other, and the three stories merged and blended well together to make a robust story that had a good pace and kept me interested until the end All the characters are well developed, and in particular I enjoyed reading Gibson s sections and the backstory that led to the creation of The Cloud A simple idea that snowballed into an omnipotent presence You can tell that Gibson isn t necessarily the most reliable narrator, but this only adds to the intrigue of the story I will say that I did find the ending a bit of a let down, as it felt rushed and not thought through well enough after all of the build up that goes before it Great dystopian novel that hits a little too close to home with wonderful writing, world building and characters Thought provoking. Do you remember that scene in Idiocracy where you could walk into that small town called Costco and get your law degree and get a special Starbucks Yeah, well this novel isn t that But it is definitely on steroids, employing pretty much the last of humanity or 30 million of them as little drones send disposable products all around the world to disposable people.Sound intriguing Make no mistake, this is definitely a dystopia Your job performance is on a five star rating system and if you get a single star, you re FIRED Sound slightly familiar Just make this a company town with its own credit system, accommodations, and insular paranoid big brother total tracking nightmare, throw the newbies into the mix, and THEN tell me whether or not YOU ALREADY LIVE THERE I liked this book It s nastily familiar and a pleasurable easy read full of twists and turns and espionage and counter espionage It does have a big warning as a core message, but I didn t mind how stark it was After all, we re in COSTCO now, baby A thought provoking thriller Made me want to stop ordering from and never have grocery shopping delivered again.Full review to follow. The Warehouse is a sort of 1984 or Brave New World, updated and revisited The premise of this page turning easy to read story is that perhaps we are further along that path than we care to admit and we are going there willfully gladly and without much thought about the consequences We already live in a world where mom and pop shops are disappearing from main street, U.S.A In fact, many cute main streets boast stores that are welcoming to tourists than to locals needs and the amazing thing is you can go into almost any mall or shopping center anywhere and find pretty much the same stores and same products And, this is both great and crappy because we get the products everyone wants but perhaps not the endless variety we might want For that, we only have to dial up the great web and there is one company with lots of warehouses that has everything we could want and can nearly instantaneously deliver it And, we might not be okay with governmental surveillance of everything we do, at least Big Brother style, but we seem to be okay with giving up our privacy to Google, to , to Apple Your phone tracks wherever you go Your internet provider and search engine knows whatever you post, whatever you read, whatever you buy, whoever you interact with And, we know that even now, Google at least and probably the other big guys too, censors things and makes things disappear from searches Don t like what you see, just wait till they mess with the algorithms again and point you in the preferred direction It s happening now as you read this Your preferences and desires are being noted Hart gives us a story where one giant corporation controls nearly all commerce and employs thirty million people in its cloud villages where drones are sent out from warehouses every minute to everywhere to deliver product And no other companies can survive the competition Outside is a wasteland where global warming has baked everything beyond perfection And, inside the Cloud village, conformity is the name of the game and go along and get along is the motto Drudgery, being tracked by the watches, afraid to step out of line lest your star rating goes down But, the price of giving up your freedom to roam, to think, to live, is to get a decent apartment and cloud burgers although those are the subject of another treatise and i will not waste your time on it now Using several alternating voices Paxton, Zinnia, and of course Gibson is the latest rage by all modern authors, but here it actually works well and we get to know our characters and see the world through their eyes That being said, this is Paxton s story and it is really through his eyes that we learn things We can never fully trust Zinnia s voice She has motives we are never sure about And, Gibson never reveals his true self and rather offers little than a giant infomercial Very enjoyable and easy read that makes you wonder where we are headed Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review. Rob Hart provides a shockingly powerful and harrowing glimpse into the all too real possible realities in our future, of a ravaged world and US, this is a contemporary dystopian version of Orwell s 1984 In this near future, there is a government, but it is of little consequence, there is a desperate scramble for jobs, any job, and towering over it all is the Cloud, a monopoly with unfettered power, a thinly disguised , a monstrous behemoth with its tentacles in every pie, such as media outlets, technology, etc The Cloud proclaims itself as a force for all that is good, delivering goods by drone, a presence in every city, and the perfect employer shaping the nature of work and life where employees live on site, where their every need is met by the caring Cloud It all sounds too good to be true, and as Hart s prescient novel proves, it is in fact a horror of a nightmare that we could all too easily be sleepwalking into, the seeds of it are all here in today s world.This is a well structured storytelling which excels in its world building, where the drudgery and monotony of working for the company is laid bare in all its excruciating details, the all encompassing surveillance, observation and tight monitoring of its employees, the lack of employee rights, the terrifying and sinister goings on behind the scenes at Cloud and the conspiracies A disillusioned Paxton, a prison guard, who had his company destroyed by Cloud is now taken on by Cloud, working security for the company Zinnia, another employee, she is a woman with her own hidden agenda, gravitates towards Paxton with an ulterior motive, his position gives him access to areas that she needs The narrative gives their perspectives and that of the now dying CEO of Cloud, the man responsible for the Cloud from its very beginnings, Gibson Wells He sees himself as man who has done nothing but good in the world, a self justifying hypocrite, claiming he is at the top of the corporate pile, thanks to market forces Wells is a sickeningly deluded man, manipulative, ignoring and refusing to acknowledge just how the dice were loaded against anyone and everyone that challenged Cloud Is it possible to challenge the Cloud now Hart lays out his compelling premise with skill, with great characterisation and character development, giving us a painstaking portrayal of a world bereft of humanity, morality and ethics The Cloud is a product of the unquestioning consumer wanting the lowest prices, ease of delivery, the entire convenience of the process that aided the Cloud into its unassailable position That it decimated local stores and independent outlets are the inevitable consequences of such a corporation This is scary and pertinently relevant reading material, so thought provoking, and with some surprising twists I admit to not always finding it an easy read, but the subject matter kept me glued to the book right up to the end Many thanks to Random House Transworld for an ARC. Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.Look around you The charming Mom Pop shops of yesteryear are a rarity now Brick and mortar chain stores are closing down at an alarming rate It s less and less safe to leave your home It s the perfect storm Online shopping, drone delivery, instant gratification Can one mega corporation really service all your needsThe market dictatesIf this tale doesn t give you the shivers, then you haven t been paying attention view spoiler If you thought the recipe for Soylent Green was disturbing, get ready for the secret ingredient in the famous Cloudburger Gah hide spoiler