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The Warehouse: A Novel de Rob Hart
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The Warehouse: A Novel (edició 2020)

de Rob Hart (Autor)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Cloud isnt just a place to work. Its a place to live. And when youre here, youll never want to leave.

A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Financial Times Real Simple Kirkus Reviews

Paxton never thought hed be working for Cloud, the giant tech company thats eaten much of the American economy. Much less that hed be moving into one of the companys sprawling live-work facilities.
But compared to whats left outside, Clouds bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouseswell, it doesnt seem so bad. Its more than anyone else is offering. 
Zinnia never thought shed be infiltrating Cloud. But now shes undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the companys 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 schemeone that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world hes so carefully assembled here.
Together, theyll learn just how far the company will goto make the world a better place.
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon thats at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Businessand who will pay the ultimate price.
Praise for The Warehouse
A fun, fast-paced read [that] walks a fine line between a near-future thriller and a smart satire . . . makes you wonder if were already too far into a disastrous future, or if theres still some hope for humanity.NPR
I loved The Warehouse, although and because it made my blood run cold. This is what our world could be by this time next year.S.J. Rozan, Edgar award-winning author of Paper Son
 
An inventive, addictive, Crichton-esque, page-turning, near-future dystopian thriller.Paul Tremblay, Stoker award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghostsof Lock Every Door.
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Títol:The Warehouse: A Novel
Autors:Rob Hart (Autor)
Informació:Ballantine Books (2020), 368 pages
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This is all-too-plausible glimpse of a possible future that's only a half-step away. We are already familiar with nearly every aspect of life that is presented in this novel. Hart takes concepts that are, by now, almost normalized and puts them into a larger, more encompassing context. The relationships seem real, the dialogue normal and the action believable. It's easy to see why someone would find employment at the Cloud as something worthwhile, just as miners in the Old West saw fit to live in company towns. Security at the price of personal freedom.

It's not surprising that Ron Howard has already scooped up the motion picture rights. ( )
  EZLivin | Jul 3, 2024 |
Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for sending me this book. This is the perfect Summer read. Fast paced, timely and a totally new way of presenting a story. Anyone interested in corporate intrigue, future technologies, corruption and the fear that Big Brother is taking over our lives, will love this book. Highly recommended. ( )
  BenM2023 | Nov 22, 2023 |
"The Warehouse" by Rob Hart

The entire time I imagined that this was a story of Amazon if it was the last company left that ruled world…. This was a dystopian thriller that delves into the dark side of corporate dominance and surveillance in a world where a tech giant, Cloud, has become an all-encompassing force.

The story follows Paxton, who finds himself working for Cloud and living in one of their live-work facilities. As he settles into the seemingly comfortable life within Cloud's walls, he becomes acquainted with Zinnia, who is undercover, infiltrating Cloud to uncover its darkest secrets. As the truth about Cloud unravels, Paxton and Zinnia are thrust into a high-stakes game of survival, where they must question their loyalties and make daring choices that could impact the fate of humanity.

This had some thought-provoking exploration of the potential consequences of unchecked corporate power. Hart paints a hauntingly realistic picture of a near-future world where a single company has monopolized various aspects of society, from commerce to living arrangements, creating a dystopian setting that feels all too real and is unsettling. ( )
  thisgayreads | Nov 4, 2023 |
In 'The Warehouse', Rob Hart delivers a horribly plausible picture of a near-future dystopian America and an intriguing, I-need-to-know-how-this-will-work-out thriller. What I liked most was that 'The Warehouse' doesn't fall into the simple black-and-white, good-guy bad-guy mode that so many techno-thrillers have. There are no simple answers here and no oversimplified people either. The result is an engaging, thought-provoking piece of Speculative Fiction that left me wanting to read more of Rob Hart's work.

The story takes place in an America where poverty is widespread as the effects of climate change destroy traditional ways of making a living or even living outdoors at all. America is now a nation where those who have money hunker down at home and have what they need delivered by drones owned and run by Cloud, a sort of Amazon on steroids. Those who don't have money try hard to win and keep a job at Cloud. Most of them live and work in MotherClouds, enormous warehouse compounds built in remote areas of America, well away from towns or cities.

The MotherCloud setup is more than an extrapolation of Amazon work practices. It mimics the neo-serfdom / modern slavery of some Chinese factory towns, made worse by the addition of a Corporate America 'Everything is good here' propaganda gloss

The plot explores Cloud in three ways. Firstly through posts on the public blog of Gibson Wells, the founder of Cloud, who, knowing that he is dying, wants to share the real story of how Cloud came to be, the good that it's done and the bright future that it offers America and Americans. Secondly through the eyes of Paxton, an inventor who used to run a small company that Cloud put out of business and who now needs to take the only job he can get, as a worker in a MotherCloud. Finally, we see Cloud through the eyes of Zinnia, who wasn't looking for a job because she already had one, to infiltrate Cloud and who gets herself hired to the same MotherCloud as Paxton.

Of the three voices, I found Gibson Wells' the most disturbing. The book opens with his first blog post. It only takes a few lines to establish his direct but folksy style and tell me that he's a skilled manipulator who can't be trusted. Here's how it starts.

'WELL, I'M DYING.

A lot of men make it to the end of their life and they don't know that they've reached it. Just the lights go off one day. Here I am with a deadline.

I don't have time to write a book about my life, like everyone has been telling me I should, so this will have to do. A blog seems pretty fitting, doesn't it? I haven't been sleeping much lately so this gives me something to keep myself occupied at night.

Anyway, sleep is for people who lack ambition.

At least there'll be some kind of a written record. I want you to hear it from me rather than someone looking for a buck, making educated guesses. In my line of work, I can tell you: guesses are rarely educated.

Gibson Wells is a wonderful, if frightening, invention. In him. Rob Hart has captured perfectly the tone I've heard from many CEO types, framing the narrative of their own success. It's spookily accurate and made all the more disturbing by the folksy simplicity of the language. Everything seems calm and reasonable and even benign until you consider who benefits and see the bladed steel camouflaged by a 'We're all just folks here' smile.

We get a different view of Cloud from Paxton, who is hired into the security section because he'd worked for years as a Prison Guard while getting the money together to start his business. Through him we get a behind-the-scenes view of how order is kept at Cloud. We also get to experience what it's like, to step out of poverty and hopelessness in a job that gives him, not just a place to live and food in his belly, but the dignity of being a valued part of something bigger than himself, even if that thing was responsible for destroying the company he'd built.

Zinnia gives us the worker drone view, even if she's actually a hornet in the hive. She is assigned to the warehouse floor, racing against the clock to pick items from the shelves and take them to the right conveyor belt. Through her work, we see how the workers are surveilled, measured and pushed to exhausting levels of performance every day. We also get to see Cloud through the eyes of someone who doesn't want to be there, who knows that Cloud has something to hide.

I became completely immersed in Cloud. Most of me hated the idea of it but part of me had to admit that it was a better option for its workers than being out in the punishing heat, homeless and hungry. I wanted to say that those shouldn't be the only two options but I found myself wondering what I'd do if they were.

'The Warehouse' works very well as a thriller. You can see the collision between Gibson Wells, Paxton and Zinnia coming but you are kept guessing about how and when and what it will mean. There are some good surprises along the way and the ending was as textured and thought-provoking as the rest of the story.

I strongly recommend the audiobook version of 'The Warehouse'. The narration is unusual but effective: Emily Woo Zeller is the main narrator but with the voice of Paxton cut in during dialogue and with a wonderfully folksy narrator reading Gibson Wells' blog. ( )
  MikeFinnFiction | Aug 5, 2023 |
Interesting look at what would happen if Amazon ruled the world. ( )
  ReomaMcGinnis | May 3, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. Thriller. HTML:Cloud isnt just a place to work. Its a place to live. And when youre here, youll never want to leave.

A thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level . . . and a powerful cautionary tale about technology, runaway capitalism, and the nightmare world we are making for ourselves.Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter
Film rights sold to Imagine Entertainment for director Ron Howard! NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Financial Times Real Simple Kirkus Reviews

Paxton never thought hed be working for Cloud, the giant tech company thats eaten much of the American economy. Much less that hed be moving into one of the companys sprawling live-work facilities.
But compared to whats left outside, Clouds bland chainstore life of gleaming entertainment halls, open-plan offices, and vast warehouseswell, it doesnt seem so bad. Its more than anyone else is offering. 
Zinnia never thought shed be infiltrating Cloud. But now shes undercover, inside the walls, risking it all to ferret out the companys 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 schemeone that risks both their lives, even as it forces Paxton to question everything about the world hes so carefully assembled here.
Together, theyll learn just how far the company will goto make the world a better place.
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon thats at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Businessand who will pay the ultimate price.
Praise for The Warehouse
A fun, fast-paced read [that] walks a fine line between a near-future thriller and a smart satire . . . makes you wonder if were already too far into a disastrous future, or if theres still some hope for humanity.NPR
I loved The Warehouse, although and because it made my blood run cold. This is what our world could be by this time next year.S.J. Rozan, Edgar award-winning author of Paper Son
 
An inventive, addictive, Crichton-esque, page-turning, near-future dystopian thriller.Paul Tremblay, Stoker award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghostsof Lock Every Door.

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