The Warehouse: A Novel

by Hart, Rob (Author)

ISBN: 9781984823793

A terrifyingly plausible, darkly satirical near-future thriller-in an America wracked by violence, unemployment, and climate change, a mega-corporation named Cloud brands itself a global savior. But two of its employees are about to learn the truth.

Cloud isn't just an online storefront. It's changing the world. The company's massive warehouses keep millions of Americans employed, and its green-energy initiatives are turning back the clock on catastrophic climate change.

Best of all, the company's live-work facilities are models for a new environmentally sustainable way of living. Powered by Cloud's solar farms, these MotherClouds are crime-free, climate-controlled utopias, where workers live minutes from their jobs, not hours, and their every need is anticipated by Cloud's high-tech facilities.

Or at least, that's the pitch. Cloud's latest two employees-security guard Paxton and stock-picker Zinnia-are learning that life in the Cloud isn't quite as wonderful as it's made out to be. Twenty-four/seven monitoring. Mandatory overtime. The employee star system and the horrors of cut day. Navigating Cloud's massive warehouse; meeting ruthless quotas. But still-it's better than going back outside, right? And at least they've found each other.

Except that Zinnia is not what she seems. She's a corporate spy, infiltrating Cloud on a mission that could bring the company to its knees. And Paxton, with his all-access security credentials? He's her meal ticket.

When Cloud's ailing founder arrives at the MotherCloud on his farewell tour, Zinnia is forced into a desperate scheme that risks Paxton's life, even as it leads her to the horrifying truths at the center of the Cloud. Penguin: Viking Fall 2019

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher: Crown, August 2019

Product Dimensions: 9.1 L × 6.1 W × 0 H

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