Published in the US on August 27th.
Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.
When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course.
The passengers are a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife – and parents of two – who are travelling in separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem?
This isn’t the first book I’ve read by John Marrs and I’ve loved every one of his other books. The plot hooked me from the first page and didn’t let go until the end. Imagine if all cars in the UK were self-driving and eight passengers in eight vehicles found themselves under the cars( or someone’s control). The doors won’t unlock, the windows won’t open, and there is seemingly no way to regain control.
Chapters are short and told through multiple POVs. The passengers, the person who has taken over control of the vehicles, and a group of people who have come together as members of the Vehicle Inquest Jury. The passengers and jury are told in two and a half hours, only one passenger will live, and it is up to the jury( and social media where events are live-streaming) to decide who that person will be. Of course, all of the passengers have something to hide and the jury has an unbelievably difficult decision to make. I won’t say more about the story because I might give something away but I will say that secrets are revealed, choices are made, and there is one heck of a final twist.
If John Marrs chose to publish his shopping list, I would most likely read and enjoy it! He has a way of pulling you into the story, and not letting go! The Passengers publishes in the US in August, and if you haven’t read his other books, why not give one a try while you wait? Highly recommended!
A little bit about the author from Goodreads: “John Marrs is the author of The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Her Last Move and Welcome to Wherever You Are.
A former freelance journalist based in London, England, he spent twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film, and music for national newspapers and magazines until becoming a full-time author in 2018.
He has written for publications including the Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine and Company.
His books have been translated into twenty different languages and The One is soon to be a major new Netflix series.”