Hardcover Õ The Warehouse PDF ñ

Hardcover  Õ The Warehouse PDF ñ 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 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 behemothlike 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 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 behemothlike 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 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 ou 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 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 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 shopLike maybe, once or twice a decade That s it I started reading this book, and I got to the part where it stated that the Cloud didn t pay in money Only credits Everything you NEEDED could only be bought through the Cloud These are employees They work 10 to 12 hour days, 7 days a week Of course, no unions Well, anyone who knows me, knows that I m slightly pissed off now I ve turned down promotions because I was expected to workthan 40 hours Money is awesome Too much time spent making that kind of money is not At least for me I ve made a lot of money, and tiny amounts of money I ve learned to adjust Crikey So, living in this environment means I m now going to have to thermite you Guns, knives and other stuff Psst Nope J.K Maybe I like thermite I ve never seen it, but I know how to make it, because.books The thing is that this book is dystopian From the first chapter, to the last, it screams DYSTOPIAN I love most Apocalyptic fiction, but dystopian makes me nauseous From the time my favorite bookstores and funky little local shops started closing down To the time I was allowed to interview and hire at the drugstore where I worked, and I kept hearing things about Wal Mart especially, but many other home and office stores too I knew that I couldn t support those wealthy, who couldn t, nay, wouldn t even give good health insurance to their employees The first half of the book, I keep singing in the back of my head, Tennessee Ernie Ford s song 16 Ton s I know most people are way to young to remember the song, hell, I almost am too Yet, the sentiment has always stuck with me You load 16 tons, whattaya get Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don t ya call me, cuz I can t go.I owe my soul to the company storeChilling Look up the history of what it was like before Down with big business Politicos with deep pockets Also, what the hecks up with these big co tax cuts My squat hairy man received no refund this year He seldom received much, but this year he did have to pay So happy that the rich are paying their fair share That s sarcasm, b.t.w Most of my Goodreads friends recognize sarcasm, but I ve noticed lately that somehow ignoramuses s have taken sarcasm literally Hey, I m not saying your an idjit But, yes, I m saying, you are an effing idjit This book just says to me, what has always been obvious Buy locally owned We here in my town, no longer have bookstores No BOOKSTORE Used Yes A fresh smelling bookstore Sadly, no I d walk into Hastings every Tuesday morning New release day I always thought it smelled of puppy breath, until I realized it was freshly brewed coffee I am not a coffee drinker Tea, yes Coffee Coffee makes me high as a kite It took me over a year to realize that fresh coffee smelled like puppy breath Wowser So, rambling on I guess this is my way of saying that I received exactly what I expected from this book I knew what it was based on I also got the exact horror of it There were no big surprises It s dystopian There are never any happy endings I, of course would always wish forBut, this is the way of the world Still, this was a very readable book I put other books aside, just to read this Of course, it will remind you ofand all internet stuff I m so glad that all this technological crap wasn t around in the late 70 s and especially the 80 s Whew I dodged a bullet An endorsement from Blake Crouch was all I needed to request this book from netgalley Imagine a world in the not so distant future wherehas become evenall 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 justthis book derides Hart h An endorsement from Blake Crouch was all I needed to request this book from netgalley Imagine a world in the not so distant future wherehas become evenall 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 justthis book derides Hart has stolen other elements from our lives Apple Watch, a governmenton 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 usesa lot, I really felt like part of the problem My thanks to netgalley and Crown for an advance copy of this book

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