The Passengers by John Marrs (Review)

The Passengers by John Marrs

Format: Paperback

Source: Library

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Genres: Sci-fi, Thriller, Mystery

Publication Date: 2019

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

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?”

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My Thoughts & Review

Oh, my what a great thriller this was. The plot had me gripped from start to finish. I absolutely loved the concept of this book. Driverless cars going out of control to prove a point!!

The passengers is really well written, it’s simple and easy to follow yet at the same time so intense and unsettling, just the way I like my thrillers. I liked how Marrs uses references to ‘The One’ one of his previous books. I’m so glad that for once I’ve read the book mentioned.

Now although I loved the whole book I feel the characters have stopped my from giving it a 5 star rating. Don’t get me wrong they were really well written and developed as the book progressed but I feel we didn’t quite get to know them enough. Yes, we learn quite a bit about them nearer to the end, but personally I would have liked to get to know them a bit earlier. Also, some of the characters did start to get a little annoying but I get the feeling that was Marrs intention. 

I’m not going to go into too much detail about this book as it one of those reads that you need to go into without knowing too much. 

This was a great read, and can’t believe I didn’t pick it up sooner. A definite must read for thriller fans.  

My Rating

💙💙💙💙1/2

Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!


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11 comments

  1. I loved this novel and I get what you are saying but I don’t think you can really give fully fleshed characters with a lot of background in this one because you would have to give all 8 the same amount of detail… it didn’t really bother me in this novel (it did bother me in another novel I recently read though so same feelings, different novel). Great review!

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