The Passengers by John Marrs


About the Book

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?

What I thought

This will probably be my number one best book read of 2019.  It was spine chillingly good and I can’t really envisage another book this year making me stop and think “this really could happen” quite the way this one has.

It has more OMG moments than you could shake a stick at where you actually grip your face in horror at what is unfolding before your eyes; as is the case for the characters within the book.

As you may have gathered from the synopsis, the plot revolves around driverless cars not too far into the future and what happens when their unhackable computer controls are hacked.  There is always someone out there just bursting to prove a point.

However there’s far more to The Hacker’s motives than merely proving computers can be hacked and with devastating consequences.  It is a tale of morals, ethics and human nature at its worst.

It’s a story that reflects how judgmental society has become and how all too willingly it will base those judgements on the flimsiest of evidence.  The infuence of social media plays heavily throughout the plot.

The thing is, this book is perhaps a little too true to life than is comfortable.  It’s difficult to say exactly why as I wouldn’t want to give anything away.  Lets just say I think the author has our so called democracy well and truly weighed up and I can imagine certain  scenario’s within the book happening in real life all too easily.

The book is very tense throughout, the passengers’ fear is palpable.  There are so many knife edge moments and unexpected twists right to the very end.  I really enjoyed this book.  It does make you think and wonder how far technology will go and at what point it will start to overtake and destroy us.  The Internet of Things is certainly something to be wary of – I think.  As for a driverless car future?  After reading this book I’m just going to stick with my e-bike thanks.

♥ Happy Reading ♥

The book is out now on Kindle and will be available in paperback on 30 May 2019.

Thank you to Penguin Random House via Netgalley for an ARC of this book.

2 thoughts on “The Passengers by John Marrs

    1. Oooh it really was just so good. One blogger who reviewed it was saying how she works in the car industry and they’re already working on the artificial intelligence behind autonomous vehicles and addressing the moral decisions they may have to make 😱 Sounds like a Pandora’s box to me that we could well do without.


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