A dystopian sci-fi mystery written by Rob Hart and published by Random House UK.
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for the ARC of this book.
The Warehouse is a believable not-too-far-into-the-future dystopian mystery. Though there is some future tech in there, it’s not a hardcore sci-fi but more general.
I liked the characters, the world building, the plot, and the premise. The story hooked me early and kept my attention and interest throughout. If not for the many errors in the text, I would have rated it a top five stars. The only wobble on that is the ending, which did close off the threads nicely but felt a little flat to me. It was a long way from awful though.
Some of the errors that drove me nuts, ignoring the massive formatting issues on this ARC which hopefully will be addressed before publication, were to do with hyphenating words. The author seems to have a phobia on using too many hyphens. For example, we get ‘canaryyellow’ instead of ‘canary-yellow’, and blood-pressurelowering’ instead of simply ‘blood-pressure-lowering’, and `zeroemission’ instead of ‘zero-emission’. Not to mention sentences such as: ‘And then have get a full-grown elephant tied to a tree with …’
All of that said, one or two lines stood out as awesome. See the following: ‘A presence remained, and after a few moments Zinnia realized it was that shadow of Death. It had followed him in, but it hadn’t left.’ Brilliant (if you can ignore the missing comma after ‘moments’.
All in all, even though it does need further work, I would highly recommend this book.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.