The Passengers

A near-future thriller with a killer twist

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Pub Date 30 May 2019 | Archive Date 17 May 2019

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Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

'Provocative, terrifying and compulsive. Another savagely clever near future thriller' Cara Hunter, bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME

The new gripping page-turning thriller for fans of BLACK MIRROR from the bestselling author of HER LAST MOVE and THE ONE - soon to be a major Netflix series.

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?

'a 1970s disaster movie by way of Black Mirror, with a dash of...Michael Crichton...a sleek, exhilerating ride' Financial Times


'I was gripped right from the start - the plot had many twists and turns' - Melanie

'An absorbing, engaging read that grabs you and doesn't let go, keeping you awake long past your bedtime' - Gisele

'One of the most thrilling books I've read this year' - Luke

'Marrs is so talented at creating these future worlds that are completely plausible and therefore utterly terrifying' - Kate

'Has many twists and turns which keep you guessing to the very last page' - Greta

'My heart is still pounding just thinking about this brilliantly twisted novel. An edge of your seat read' - Sara

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.

'Provocative, terrifying and compulsive. Another savagely clever near future thriller' Cara Hunter, bestselling author...

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Hi, well fans, old and new, of John Marr’s know that a new book will be good but you are never quite sure what the book will hold as they are all so of my favourite books and the book that started me reviewing ‘The One’ is about to be turned into a 10 part Netflix series ( will be brill ) and it was good to see this book’s story referenced a few times ( albeit briefly ) in relation to characters in this book...........
So, this book....The world now has driverless cars, full on 100% driverless where the person needs do nothing except sit, its perfect and unhackable....until one day the system IS hacked....8 ‘passengers’ are on their way to various locations when suddenly they are told their car has been taken media and a jury already sitting for another purpose ( related to driverless cars ) are to judge who lives....and who doesn’t
Its fascinating stuff as the 8 are revealed ( and their lives ) and asked to speak about themselves and why they should be saved
People decide
But do they know the truth behind the 8.....and how will peoples choices change as secrets are unearthed
The book cleverly weaves you into the same web as the voters are being led and I was sorry and scared for them, then horrified by them, then once again back on their side, well some of them....really this book changed my view on the 8 that many times and you never knew what was coming next, I felt I was part of the jury and got very involved in the plot, the characters and their outcomes
The book is so well written, enjoyable, scary, full on, exciting, terrifying, your emotions are all over the place
The outcome and final part of the book takes unexpected turn after turn and the ending had me cheering 😃
Its easy to say ‘unputdownable’ but this book is just that
Like ‘The One’ ‘The Passengers’ will stay with me and will you too
Just superb
10/10 5 Stars

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