The Passengers

The Passengers

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...

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Author:John Marrs
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The Passengers Reviews

  • Pauline

    I'm a big fan of John Marrs books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of his new book The Passengers and I was not disappointed.

    I was hooked from the first page and I did not want to put it down.

    This thriller is about the dangers of technology. Eight driverless cars have their operation systems hacked and are on a collision course. The passengers are told this and we see their reactions and the reactions of the social media and television audiences.

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat with

    I'm a big fan of John Marrs books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of his new book The Passengers and I was not disappointed.

    I was hooked from the first page and I did not want to put it down.

    This thriller is about the dangers of technology. Eight driverless cars have their operation systems hacked and are on a collision course. The passengers are told this and we see their reactions and the reactions of the social media and television audiences.

    This book kept me on the edge of my seat with some great characters and lots of twist and turns.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • NZLisaM

    Picture this! It's the near future and you're cruising along in your state-of-the-art driverless car. You might be eating breakfast, applying makeup, reading a book, talking on the phone, or just relaxing, when all of a sudden your car deviates from it's pre-programmed destination.

    Then a voice sounds from the centre console:

    Picture this! It's the near future and you're cruising along in your state-of-the-art driverless car. You might be eating breakfast, applying makeup, reading a book, talking on the phone, or just relaxing, when all of a sudden your car deviates from it's pre-programmed destination.

    Then a voice sounds from the centre console:

    This is what happens to eight autonomous British cars carrying eight passengers. And the worse news is still to come. The terrorist who's taken control intends to crash the cars into one another at full speed. Well, seven of them anyway. One of them will be spared, and each passenger will be given the opportunity to plead their case.

    And who will ultimately decide their fate?

    The internet public. Because everything that's happening is live streaming.

    Exciting, high-speed, pulse-pounding, as well as frightening and unsettling. This was the maximum tech-thriller. A timely and all too relevant insight into the potentially destructive nature of technology – how reliant on it we are, how it's changing the way we connect with the world, interact and view one another, exposing us to dangers that used to be the stuff of science fiction. The spread of social media features prominently, with mob and mass mentality, lack of personal responsibility and accountability, and vigilantism rearing its ugly head in judgemental and hateful ways.

    I was immersed in the story from the first sentence to the last, and the action was fast paced, and non-stop, from start to finish. There were ‘gasp out loud' moments, cliffhanger chapter endings, a satisfying, surprising conclusion, and relevant articles, newspaper clippings, paperwork, and internet posts preceding chapters. Every character was unique and complex, their fear and anxiety all too real.

    The high level of detail and research the author put into his futuristic driverless cars – the mechanics of how they operated, their features, governing rules, laws, and regulations, made this novel all the more fascinating and impressive. This was set in the same universe as

    , with

    contributing to the plot.

    With just over a week left in May,

    is in prime position to be crowned my top read of the month. Everything about it was crazy good, and I have no hesitation in recommending it to all readers. Fingers crossed, that like

    , this also gets picked up for a

    series.

  • Dennis

    I can't believe I was just able to binge read another 400+ page book in record speed. I recently read John Marrs's

    because I heard it was going to be a Netflix series, so I was very excited to pick up his latest Black Mirror-esque novel,

    .

    takes place in the not so distant future, and autonomous cars are now regulated and compulsory during UK's new plan to try and circumvent human error for fatalities, accidents, pollution, and other traffic related trage

    I can't believe I was just able to binge read another 400+ page book in record speed. I recently read John Marrs's

    because I heard it was going to be a Netflix series, so I was very excited to pick up his latest Black Mirror-esque novel,

    .

    takes place in the not so distant future, and autonomous cars are now regulated and compulsory during UK's new plan to try and circumvent human error for fatalities, accidents, pollution, and other traffic related tragedies. I'm not going to give too much about this story, because it's fast-paced and you'll need to be surprised as the story develops, but imagine eight people all trapped in their autonomous car with no means to escape. We have a refugee woman, a woman who doesn't speak English and provides for her family, a wife and husband of ten years, a pregnant mother, a young man, a famous legendary actress, and a double amputee army veteran. Each person is trapped, with their routes being taken over by a collective. This collective is here to make a statement—after two and a half hours, one of them will live, while the rest will die in a horrible accident. When the news reaches five influential people tasked to help decide the outcome, people's bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and dark rooted socio-economic opinions start unraveling.

    I won't go any further on Goodreads with the synopsis on this awesome story, but if you want to know more, let me know privately because I can go on and on about this story all day! I enjoyed the social commentary that Marrs provides in

    , that seems to be lacking in many thrillers that I've seen before. We get hints of ignorance and micro-aggressions from people that we may not have expected, how society shames those that are different (you'll know what I mean when you see the hashtags), and how as a society we still need to change and keep ourselves in check.

    is just light years ahead of it's competition when it comes to social intelligence and the surrounding environment. I hope you'll notice it too.

    A key aspect that I absolutely loved about

    during the narrative was how shocking it was to see the misfortune of these eight passengers, and how it became a worldwide phenomenon. How would this be something that all of the media, and the people watching it, be tuned into? Then I realized,

    I couldn't put the book down—I needed to know who was going to live, who was going to die, and how it was going to happen! I'm just as guilty as the portrayal of the spectators in the story.

    While

    does touch on some key social commentary, the book is a thriller so it's here to entertain. You'll enjoy the pacing, and you'll enjoy that Marrs gives

    about who should, and who shouldn't die. Everyone has a target on their back, and just because

    , doesn't mean life turns out that way.

    should be on your TBR, and expect to see big things when this book is released to the public.

  • Tan Markovic

    When you want to write a review but have no idea how to do the book justice :')

    -

    John Marrs never disappoints....

    What an amazing book!

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five billions, need an urgent brain transplant cause my old one is just blown away and out of order stars!!!

    My head still hurts like I tossed it against the wall thousand times and I started to see cartoon stars on my head as soon as I finish this one! I cannot say I’m speechless because I forgot four languages I’ve known ( including my native one) right now so I’m out of words.

    This is so revolutionary, innovative, creative book makes you think a lot, thrill a lot and numb your mind! It makes m

    Five billions, need an urgent brain transplant cause my old one is just blown away and out of order stars!!!

    My head still hurts like I tossed it against the wall thousand times and I started to see cartoon stars on my head as soon as I finish this one! I cannot say I’m speechless because I forgot four languages I’ve known ( including my native one) right now so I’m out of words.

    This is so revolutionary, innovative, creative book makes you think a lot, thrill a lot and numb your mind! It makes me you question your values, morals. On some parts I felt like a jury member and thought which one was worse? To be a decision maker of someone’s mortality or stuck inside a death trap car when all of your skeletons in the closet reveal one by one.

    I’m really doubtful that Mr. Marrs is from this planet because he outsmarted most of the genius writers with this book. He is so talented, knows how to deceive the readers with his conspiratorial moves and amazing twists.

    I liked “ One” a lot but I liked “ Passangers” sooo much more!

    This is the most surprising, exhilarating book I’ve really enjoyed! It really exhausted me because it was not easy adventure for everyone!

  • Dita

    "It may have come to your attention that your vehicle is no longer under your management. From here on in, I am in charge of your destination. The only thing you need to know is that two hours and thirty minutes from now, it is highly likely that you will be dead."

    In the not too distant future, eight automated vehicles are taken over by an unknown hacker with an unknown agenda...all broadcast for the whole world to see. Soon, the social media voting begins. Who lives? Who dies?

    Spending time in

    "It may have come to your attention that your vehicle is no longer under your management. From here on in, I am in charge of your destination. The only thing you need to know is that two hours and thirty minutes from now, it is highly likely that you will be dead."

    In the not too distant future, eight automated vehicles are taken over by an unknown hacker with an unknown agenda...all broadcast for the whole world to see. Soon, the social media voting begins. Who lives? Who dies?

    Spending time in the mind of John Marrs has always been one of my favorite places to be but whoooooooo, he outdoes himself in this one. I was so impressed by the research he must have done to execute this book so capably.

    This is not one to miss!

  • myra

    This was so good, I couldn not put this book down. Took one break in between to eat and went straight back reading. Can’t remember the last time i finished a book in one day. John Marrs had me shook!

    The plot twist in the end, my god. This is the first book that i have read by Mr. Marrs and I’m definitely going to give his other books a try.

    It’s better if you read The Passengers without knowing what the story is about. I think that it will make it more enjoyable. At least, for me it was.

    Anyway,

    This was so good, I couldn not put this book down. Took one break in between to eat and went straight back reading. Can’t remember the last time i finished a book in one day. John Marrs had me shook!

    The plot twist in the end, my god. This is the first book that i have read by Mr. Marrs and I’m definitely going to give his other books a try.

    It’s better if you read The Passengers without knowing what the story is about. I think that it will make it more enjoyable. At least, for me it was.

    Anyway, I highly recommend this book, especially if you like thrillers and science fiction.

  • Kaceey

    We’re beginning to see major advances in driver-less car technology. Now even being test driven across North America and all over the world.

    So I’ll pose the question we’re all thinking - Can you picture yourself as a passenger, with no control over your vehicle whatsoever? No brakes, no steering wheel. And it’s not like leading technologies have ever back-fired, right?

    We’re beginning to see major advances in driver-less car technology. Now even being test driven across North America and all over the world.

    So I’ll pose the question we’re all thinking - Can you picture yourself as a passenger, with no control over your vehicle whatsoever? No brakes, no steering wheel. And it’s not like leading technologies have ever back-fired, right?

    Eight seemingly innocent people set off in their driver-less cars. Each will program their personal destination into the cars computer, sit back and leave the driving to…who, exactly? Their cars are about to be hijacked.

    The virtual hijacking plays out across the world on social media. Everyone has the opportunity to vote on who survives this nightmarish experience.

    This was going to be a hands-down five star read for me until the momentum just dropped off at about 80% just fizzling across the finish line. Aaahhh! I was so close to sending up all the stars and putting it up in my favorites’ shelf alongside John Marrs previous sensation,

    Is it worth the read? Absolutely! It’s ingenious! It will leave you horrified and white knuckling your reader!

    A super-fun, shocking buddy read with Susanne!

    Thank you to Elisha at Berkley Publishing, Edelweiss and John Marrs for an ARC to read and review.

  • Susanne  Strong

    Eight driverless cars. Eight passengers, all of whom have a secret and a specific plan for that morning. None arrive at their intended destination.

    There is a Hacker who knows everything about everyone and he has decided to take control. There are five members of the jury whose sole purpose is to decide who lives and who dies.

    The fear is real my friends. “The Passengers” will scare you. Yea, “The Jetsons” made the idea of a futuristic

    Eight driverless cars. Eight passengers, all of whom have a secret and a specific plan for that morning. None arrive at their intended destination.

    There is a Hacker who knows everything about everyone and he has decided to take control. There are five members of the jury whose sole purpose is to decide who lives and who dies.

    The fear is real my friends. “The Passengers” will scare you. Yea, “The Jetsons” made the idea of a futuristic car look cute, “The Passengers,” not so much.

    This is the 3rd novel I’ve read by John Marrs and it is definitely my favorite so far. It’s crazy, insane and scary to boot. I had high hopes for a five star read but had to dock it one star for the ending, which left a little to be desired. I highly recommend this one for thriller fans as it contains a very unique premise which is sure to entertain.

    This was a buddy read with Ms. Kaceey! We really enjoyed discussing the premise of this one and think all of you will too.

    Thank you to Elisha at Penguin Publishing Group, Edelweiss, and John Marrs for an arc of this novel in exchange for an arc.

    Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 7.6.19.

    Will be published on Amazon on 8.27.19

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