The Passengers – John Marrs

It’s finally Wednesday, or is it it’s ONLY Wednesday. This week feels like it’s dragging but the month is almost over and I’m excited about that!

Thanks to Berkley Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review

THE PASSENGERS – John Marrs (Released yesterday!)

I’ve loved Marrs’ other books and you can see my reviews for them!

THE GOOD SAMARITAN (here), THE ONE (here), and HER LAST MOVE (here)

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Book Description:

You’re riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, “You are going to die.”

Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.

From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, “Which of these people should we save?…And who should we kill first?”

My Thoughts: 5/5 stars

I’ve been a big fan of John Marrs since I picked up THE GOOD SAMARITAN a couple years ago and I was so excited to receive a copy of his newest release, THE PASSENGERS. What gave this one an edge was how real this felt. In the not-so-distant future the UK is beginning to implement autonomous vehicles to eliminate human error on the roads. Sounds really convenient and like a huge advancement, right? Well, when eight different self-driving vehicles are hijacked, the night is about to get really intense for all of their passengers.

We have an array of very different characters in this terrifying predicament. When the live streams from inside the cars go live, they immediately become a trending topic and they public must decide who gets to survive their journey. I’m definitely in the camp of being leery of self-driving vehicles, and I would be scared out of my mind if the car I was in started rerouting on its own and then told me I was going to die when I reached the destination. Nope. No thank you. Something out of a Black Mirror episode, this thriller keeps you sucked in from start to finish. I think the synopsis gives the perfect amount of information you need going into the book, and I don’t want to give away much more.

If you’re a fan of John Marrs, then you already know that you need this one on the TBR. If you frequent the thriller genre and like the stories with some situations that feel entirely plausible, then you need to grab a copy of this! I will continue to pick up whatever Marrs releases in the future.

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