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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  10,246 ratings  ·  1,779 reviews
Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave.

Paxton never thought he’d be working for Cloud, the giant tech company that’s eaten much of the American economy. Much less that he’d be moving into one of the company’s sprawling live-work facilities.

But compared to what’s left outside, Cloud’s bland chainstore life o
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published August 13th 2019)
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Christine Sandquist This book is actually completely fictitious and most assuredly is not related to any companies existing in the real world. I personally think The Ware…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?

- Christine Sandquist, Amazon FC Ambassador(less)
Jim Hart just did the Amazon thing of copying what people seem to like about established dystopian novels and he put it in a new package and didn't bother…moreHart just did the Amazon thing of copying what people seem to like about established dystopian novels and he put it in a new package and didn't bother working out the details. A great big CloudBurger for his readers.(less)

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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
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
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
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!


Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
David Putnam
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars, I'm now reserving five stars for those books that knock my socks off.

I liked this book a great deal. Didn’t at first. The voice of the three characters didn’t grab me like they should. I know one thing for sure I’m not going to look at hamburgers the same way ever again. Yuck.
There are three point of view characters and I liked two of them. The third was the owner of the company The Cloud. His point of view was all exposition or narrative in the form of a blog he put out t
Richard (on hiatus)
Paxton and Zinnia sit together on a crowded bus heading across the desert. Along with their fellow passengers they are hoping to find work.
A vast structure appears on the horizon - a warehouse within the giant Cloud corporation. Almost too big to take in, it lies under a dark, buzzing cloud of drones, each flying purchased goods to destinations across America.
Paxton is a pleasant everyman type with a grievance against the company and Zinnia has a dangerous secret.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart is set
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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.  

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
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jenna ❤ ❀  ❤
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopia
Absolutely brilliant! I think this is my favourite novel so far this year. If you enjoy speculative fiction, dystopia, or loved The Circle, The Warehouse is a must-read. ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Ammara
'I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman that produces the cloth or shapes it into a garment will starve in the process' - Benjamin Harrison, US President 1891

I was recommended this book by Ammara and to be honest I wasnt overly sure this book was for me as she makes tech cute and as someone who calls their IT department for the simplest of things I wondered if this book was just going to be a storm that blew over my head. I was wrong. Very wrong.

From the very opening quo
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
”We gave them control. When they decided to buy up the grocery stores, we let them. When they decided to take over farming operations, we let them. When they decided to take over media outlets, and the internet providers, and the cell phone companies, we let them. We were told it would mean better prices, because Cloud only cared about the customer. That the customer was family. But we’re not family. We are the food that big businesses eat to grow bigger.”

“That’s the thing about freedom. It’s y
MissBecka Gee
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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In a scarily plausible near future, brick and mortar stores have crumbled to the overwhelming weight of online shopping, with Cloud (a fictionalised futuristic take on today’s Amazon) catering to every conceivable consumer need. Productivity and efficiency are crucial to keeping costs down and profits high; as means to maximise the output of the workforce, each employee of Cloud lives onsite and takes Cloud owned transport to their designated ‘section’ (packaging, food prep, security, tech etc.) ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it liked it
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?

Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is disturbing....but a great read!

America has been taken over by Cloud, a corporation that has control of the economy and the government. Free enterprise is gone.....most private business was destroyed by Cloud. There are few jobs and people will do anything to secure one. Everything is controlled by Cloud in one way or another. What was touted as an effort to improve the world has become a destroyer instead. How far will the corporation go to protect its dark secrets?

Obviously, this
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
Karen R
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Jill McGill
"Cloud isn’t just a place to work. It’s a place to live. And when you’re here, you’ll never want to leave."

Wow... I felt like I was reading about Amazon! "Cloud" is extremely intriguing and messed up, especially how they balance work and personal living. Rob Hart created the perfect world balance of near-future, realism, and a creep factor that makes you want to keep reading more.

The perfect book for all dystopian readers! A complete page-turner. This will really make me think the next time I o
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
She smiled. "That's the thing about freedom. It's yours until you give it up."

"What does that mean?"

"Think on it."

According to Rob Hart, the future is here and we've already taken a big bite outta that burger. What was then is currently never in the now. Accommodating expressions of thought, design, and actions may come at a great price.

Paxton and Zinnia cautiously eye each other upon boarding the line of buses taking approved applicants to their new job destination. It's a sprawling high tech c
Bam cooks the books ;-)
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
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Warehouse by Rob Hart is a thrilling futuristic science fiction fantasy. The story takes place in the near future when a retail giant known as the “Cloud” has expanded and taken over much of the business market. You can’t help but compare the store in the story to Amazon and how it has steadily grown and expanded in our world.

Paxton had once been a prison guard but he gave up that job to start his own business but after a couple of years Cloud has run Paxton out of business cutting his price
Oct 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Warehouse is a very dark book; the whole unfolding of the plot is enveloped as by a cloud of gloom. And perhaps “cloud” is exactly the right word, given that everything revolves around “The Cloud”, an immense company that supplies customers from all over the world with home deliveries through as many immense warehouses. The warehouses from which shipments depart are in turn large cities, where workers live 24 hours a day, with exhausting rhythms, controlled by electronic bracelets that mark ...more
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, netgalley, sci-fi

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
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Crown Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

well it was super predictable and the ending made no sense so...

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David Eppenstein
Jul 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
WOW! This book is getting my rare, very rare, 5 star rating. Surprise is one thing but this book was so not what I was expecting that the last 100 pages blew me away. I have a very difficult time finding fiction that interests me and I was running out of fiction options on my TBR shelf. This book seemed to have acquired some recent popularity and from what little I knew of the book it appeared to be a fiction modeled on Amazon and Jeff Bezos. Knowing that I thought, okay a comical satire on the ...more
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
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
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Rob Hart is the author of THE PARADOX HOTEL. He also wrote THE WAREHOUSE, which has been sold in more than 20 countries and been optioned for film by Ron Howard, as well as the Ash McKenna crime series, the short story collection TAKE-OUT, and SCOTT FREE with James Patterson.

His short stories have been published widely, including “Due on Batuu,” set in the Star Wars universe, which appeared in FR

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