The Warehouse: A Novel
In an all-too-plausible future, the biggest employer is Cloud, a tech company where employees live AND work on company property in order to escape the jobless and overheated hellscape of the outside world. Paxton and Zinnia are two new hires with differing agendas: Paxton needs a job, but resents the company for putting him out of business, while Zinnia was hired to investigate Cloud and answer some troubling questions about the ubiquitous megacorporation. As they grow closer and more of Cloud’s secrets are revealed, both must make hard choices about their futures… and what sacrifices they’re willing to make.
The Warehouse combines the paranoia of 1984, the dystopian undercurrents of Soylent Green, and the menacing influence of corporations in modern-day America into one thoroughly-engaging feast for the imagination. Cloud’s operations are all too believable — feeling like an amalgamation of an old company town and a modern tech campus — and the realistic touches make the unsettling horror of the novel so damn effective.
Although the eventual reveals at novel’s end are a little underwhelming, the story that gets you there is engrossing enough to make up for it, and the journey taken by both Zinnia and Paxton (as well as the reader, since you’re constantly assessing what you would do in their place), makes for a tense near-future adventure that will haunt you for days after you’ve turned the last page.
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