The Passengers by John Marrs
Published: August 2019 – Berkley
Finished copy courtesy of Berkley
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?” (publisher)
My take: So, if you skipped reading the description above go back and read it now.
I like testing new products and was an early user of Amazon’s Echo device but if given the chance to be an early adopter of a self-driving car I would take a pass. And this novel is why!
However, I enjoyed The Passengers for the near-futuristic thriller it is. It grabbed me from page one and had me reading (and listening) to the entire novel in one day. Because of that I think it would be a good possibility for a book-to-screen adaptation. I found myself wondering who would play the various characters. The pacing is good and the plot is dotted with twists up until the very end.
The Passengers was out of my normal reading comfort zone and I was glad I took a chance on it. A fun read!
12 thoughts on “The Passengers by John Marrs”
I think out of my comfort zone and very freaky. But what a great premise for a book, good thinking by the author. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks, Kathryn. Every so often I like to step outside my normal genres and this one definitely paid off!
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Yes, I’m planning on reading this one. However, I can’t even imagine having a car like this. Glad it was a page turner for you, Mary.
I hope you enjoy it too, Kay!
Yikes! Very intense…and I’ll take a pass on that car, too. The book or movie might be fun, though. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks, Laurel. I’ve been hearing more about the author and now am tempted to try one of his previous novels.
My car is practically self driving so I think they’re on the horizon. I took a pass on this book because it’s outside of my comfort zone and now I’m kicking myself.
A bit too quirky for me. I think!
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Glad you liked this. It did/does sound like one I would like too.
It is definitely out of my normal reading range too, but I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for sharing, Mary.
Thanks for your comment, Elizabeth. I venture outside my comfort zone once in a while and always happy to have it pay off!
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