Imagine no longer going to the store for any of your needs but instead having everything delivered overnight by Cloud, a massive, multi-billion dollar corporation that’s gobbled up all the small businesses. . .
Fast forward into the future, the expression “the market dictates” has become absolute truth. People don’t venture outside after the Black Friday Massacres scared shoppers to death, it’s not safe to go out because the earth’s environment is in chaos, jobs are scarce and one of the only good employment options is working for Cloud.
A job at Cloud is the ultimate in security in such uncertain and scary times because employees live and work at the facility. After being evaluated and tested, new hires are assigned to a work area and living quarters. Their every movement is documented and timed, so they will earn the coveted 5-star rating.
This cautionary tale is told from the perspective of three people:
- Gibson, Cloud founder, and CEO who’s dying of cancer
- Paxton, new Cloud hire and former businessman whose company was destroyed by Cloud
- Zinnia, a new hire who’s a corporate spy
“The Warehouse” starts out slow with background details on Cloud and the main characters, but the slow-burn style pays off.
My guess is a certain multinational technology company that delivers all sorts of goodies to your house overnight doesn’t want you to read this book. It’s creepily-absorbing and might remind you of “Fahrenheit 451” or “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
Sounds far-fetched? Maybe even paranoid? Did you know this summer Amazon was granted a patent for surveillance drones service?
For book lovers who are also fans of the big screen, here’s some EXCITING NEWS! Filmmaker Ron Howard beat out four other directors to produce the film version of “The Warehouse.”
I’d love to hear what you think about “The Warehouse.”
Update: Two weeks after publishing this book review about an imaginary corporation, THIS happened. In real life.