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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,222 ratings  ·  449 reviews
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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 Secu
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Crown (first published August 13th 2019)
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Christine Sandquist (eriophora) This book is actually completely fictitious and most assuredly is not related to any companies existing in the real world. I personally think The…moreThis book is actually completely fictitious and most assuredly is not related to any companies existing in the real world. I personally think The Warehouse showcases the American work ethic and dedication to environmentalism in an impressive and engaging format. The employees of Cloud have their every need fulfilled - what more could you possibly want?

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Paromjit
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 Amazon, a monstrous behemoth with its tentacles in every pie, such as media ou ...more
Lisa
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to Crown Publishing, and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
There are moments when I really appreciate Netgalley, and this is one of them. This isn't a book that I would have spent money on, and if I had, then I probably still wouldn't have read it! I knew from the get go how this book would be, and also the end.
Yep! I'm one of those crazy folk who prefers locally owned. I don't shop boxstores, and except for e-books and my kindle device, I very seldom shop Am
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Liz
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 Amazon has become even more 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 Amazon this book derides. Hart h ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Thank you to Netgalley and The Publisher for asking me to read this book!!

I felt like I was reading about Amazon and "The Cloud"

Short and sweet here as I did the Netgalley review on my blog!

Big word of advice! NEVER EATING THE FREAKING CLOUDBURGERS IN THIS WORLD!! 😳

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Zoeytron
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 needs?  'The market dictates.'  If this tale doesn't give you the shivers, then you haven't been paying attention.  
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Dem
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ✨

I think I am being generous in giving this one 3.5 stars but I loved the concept, the characters and the plot held my interest but the abrupt ending and unanswered questions left me feeling a little cheated and the reason for my 3.5 star rating.


Well plotted and a scarily realistic novel that gets you thinking. A dystopian style tale that is scarily believable. Gun violence, climate change and unemployment have ravaged the United States beyond recognition and retail Giant “Cl
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Carolyn
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 Amazon-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
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marilyn
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world of The Warehouse is a bleak world and sadly much too close to our real world than I would like to acknowledge. People can no longer really exist outside of the world of Cloud and living in the world of Cloud is an existence not worth living. It's a life where people have learned to be happy with a sterile existence of working until they fall onto a thin futon, doing the same thing every single day, eventually just going through the motions, day in and day out. The only other choice is ...more
Dave
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 more welcoming to tourists than to locals' needs and the amazing thi
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Bradley
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
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 Amazon 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
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Kemper
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free advance copy of this for review from NetGalley.

You load sixteen drones, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt…

It’s the near future, and the giant company Cloud dominates the economy with its massive warehouses that are essentially cities where the employees live and work. However, the CEO of Cloud, Gibson Wells, has just announced that he’s dying of cancer so there’s change on the horizon as a couple of new employees meet during the hiring process. Paxton’s
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MissBecka
There were a lot of things I liked about this book...
- Zinnia is a badass character that I adored!
- The concept is amazing and (sadly) realistic.
- It's monotony makes you feel like you are walking right alongside the characters.
Things I hated...
- The monotony is necessary and relatable, but it's also really hard to trudge through.
- If you have read any of my reviews you know I hate unanswered questions...
of this there are many when the book abruptly ends.
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Betsy
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Mixed feelings
The Warehouse gets a 👍for its satire of the US but a 👎for having more holes than a sieve.


Hart takes a bunch of our current socioeconomic problems to their next steps (including unchecked capitalism, climate change, healthcare, guns, and income inequality), so the satire seems incredibly realistic.

There are just *too many holes* in terms of these characters' motivations, their backstories, and what happens at the novel's abrupt ending.


I guess that averages out to three stars?

Than
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Karen Rush
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thrilling story and one of my favorite books of the year. A scary look at what the future could hold with a competitor-less ‘Amazon’ like mega company named Cloud. Optioned for a film by Ron Howard, this will be a must see! Rob Hart’s vivid imagination and creative writing jumps off the page and he creates a world that is unnerving and downright scary. He shows how a global network’s commitment to operational excellence could derail and its’ workers livelihoods under ‘Big Brother’ can be compr ...more
Sara
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 Amazon 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 domina
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Bam
This new fantasy book is set in a near-future world where Black Friday massacres and extreme weather have just about wiped out in-store retail shopping. Into that gap has stepped Gibson Wells who developed a better package delivery system using drones. People can order goods online from 'The Cloud' and expect delivery virtually instantaneously from his mass distribution centers called MotherClouds.

Wells is worth $304.9 billion. Yes, he's the richest man in America and the largest employer by fa
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thought provoking thriller. Made me want to stop ordering from Amazon and never have grocery shopping delivered again.

Full review to follow.
Fabi
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 extinct
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Sh3lly
Release date: August 20, 2019.

In the near future, a corporation (think Amazon) eventually takes over the country, becoming so powerful, even the Government can't touch them. It's a dystopian-like scenario. This company has evolved to use drones to deliver anything and everything to customers. Its employees live at work. Eat at work. Buy their clothes from work. They have "star ratings" for their work performance. Each quarter, they cut those employees who can't and don't perform well.

The law en
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Kasa Cotugno
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, genre-dystopian
Not so much a thriller in the classic sense, although there are chilling elements. Really more of a cautionary tale whose reality may be closer than we think. The outside world is more Mad Max than ever -- climate change, gun violence and a disintegrating government have rendered America almost uninhabitable, except for one behemoth that controls the only viable possibility for employment and has applicants scrambling for jobs no matter how menial, meaning giving up whatever lives they may have ...more
Jan
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, sci-fi, 5-stars
AH—MA—ZING!!!!

Couldn’t put this one down, and when I wasn’t turning the pages, it was in my head. So relevant and thought provoking. This could easily be the not so distant future...

Just read that Ron Howard already optioned this for the big screen-woohoo!

ARC provided by NetGalley
Katie Gallagher
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review.
The Warehouse debuts August 20th.

Let’s cut to the chase: this is a book about Amazon. If you’ve ever entertained the question of what the world would look like if Amazon continues going great guns and secures a bit more political power, then this is a must-read. This is a near-future dystopia, where devastating global warming and B
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Krista
Rating: 4 stars

This latest release by Rob Hart imagines a dystopian future where climate change has radically changed the world, and an all-encompassing corporate giant has radically changed society. In "The Warehouse", most of the world’s trade is handled by a mega company named Cloud. Cloud has also taken over government functions, agricultural functions, just about any product, service or oversight you can think of is now administered by Cloud. Mom and Pop farms and stores have been driven ou
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Karen’s Library
Yikes! This was an eerie look at a kind of plausible future of Amazon meets The Circle with a little of the Doctor Who Kerblam! episode thrown in.

Two strangers apply for a job at Cloud. Cloud is an Amazon-like company where the consumer can order pretty much anything, and the product is whisked to them via a drone. Cloud is a self contained city within itself where the employees live, eat, and work. Paxton is hired and becomes a blue shirt, security. Zinnia is hired and becomes a red shirt, a p
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Lisa Wolf
Hmm. The synopsis gives the impression that this is a much darker read than it really is. I experienced The Warehouse as a more of a satire than a thriller, for the most part. In The Warehouse, Cloud is everything, and has basically taken over much of what we might consider normal life, including privatizing government agencies such as the FAA and creating their own energy sources. No matter what you want, Cloud can provide, and Cloud seems to be the only source of steady employment left in the ...more
Debra
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was at a mystery conference recently and found an advance reading copy of The Warehouse in my gift bag. The premise sounded intriguing, so I gave it a try. Although I wouldn’t call this book a thriller as is touted on the back cover, I would call it a disturbing account of a not-too distant future where one company monopolizes a country, then pretty much holds its hostage.

The backstory reveals how simply and innocently it all started, when a boy named Gibson Wells began delivering goods for hi
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Lou
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Warehouse, Rob Hart's latest novel, is a truly thrilling dystopian fiction masterpiece that is terrifying and gripping all at once; primarily because the near-future it depicts is all too plausible in nature. It centres around a powerful corporation that effectively holds the world in its hands as well as the future of the whole of humanity. The Cloud can treat its staff (who both live and work at the facility) as badly as they like knowing they have the monopoly on jobs thereby making the e ...more
Monnie
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Think Amazon and Walmart on steroids: What would happen if either (or both) of these already giant companies went wild and, quite literally, took over the world's commerce?

At first blush, the yin-yang is easy to envision; virtually all small business would be wiped out and the only "secure" jobs essentially would be low-paying gruntwork (albeit with substantial benefits). On the other hand, the convenience for consumers would be unmatched. With state-of-the-industry order technology, huge distri
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Warehouse by Rob Hart is easily one of my favorite reads of 2019. Think Big Brother meets The Circle and Amazon with a dash of corporate espionage and Soylent Green. If that description doesn't make you want to pick it up I don't know what will! Anyway, I loved all three perspective characters, but I will say that Zinnia is my favorite. I following this corporate spy as she tries to infiltrate the Cloud. We don't know a whole
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Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
Cloud is not just a place to work, but a place to live with a ranking and rating system to keep you striving to always be your best! We follow the creator of Cloud on his last tour, Paxton who thinks this is best opportunity though he’s not happy Cloud has essentially been a problem in his life and Zinnia who is undercover..but for what purpose?

This takes a harsh look at where our civilization is going and how some things unfortunately never change despite the lessons we should have already lea
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Rob Hart is the author of the Ash McKenna crime series and the short-story collection TAKE-OUT. He also co-wrote SCOTT FREE with James Patterson. His new novel, THE WAREHOUSE, coming from Crown in August 2019, has been sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard. He’s worked as a political reporter, the communications director for a politician, and a commissioner for th ...more
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