The Warehouse

Crown. Aug. 2019. 368p. ISBN 9781984823793. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781984823816. Mys
In the near future, tech giant Cloud owns nearly every company in America. They have such a monopoly that working at one of their MotherCloud facilities, a live-work concept, is the best job available. Two new employees are Paxton, who’s in security and looking for the source of a new drug called Oblivion that causes overdoses, and stock-picker Zinnia, who works in the massive warehouse and runs nonstop to find products during ten-hour shifts. Zinnia is also a corporate spy, working undercover to get Cloud’s info for a competitor. When she and Paxton start a relationship, it complicates Zinnia’s task and makes Paxton think he might want to stay at Cloud. The story follows the couple in brief chapters, telling their adventures. Interspersed is a blog written by Gibson Wells, the man who built Cloud from nothing, who is dying and desires both to visit each MotherCloud location before he goes and name his successor. Hart (Take-Out; “Ash McKenna” series) writes an enjoyable mystery that is hard to put down.
VERDICT Highly recommended for dystopian fiction fans. The film rights have Ron Howard associated, which will pique more interest.
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