#BookReview of Passengers by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @Tr4cyF3nt0n @eburypublishing

Posted April 1, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 13 Comments

#BookReview of Passengers by John Marrs @johnmarrs1 @Tr4cyF3nt0n @eburypublishing

The Passengers by John Marrs
Published by Ebury Digital on April 1, 2019
Pages: 400

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

The new gripping page-turning thriller from the bestselling author of 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?

'It's a real joy to read something totally original, smart and thought provoking.' Peter James

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My Review

……that is the silence I have on the back of finishing this book. If this had been a film when the credits rolled the cinema would be silent. I mean just wow, this book has taken my breath away, I have already been telling so many people about it and that was before I had even finished it.

The premise of this book is f-ing terrifying set in the not so distant future, driverless cars. All sound amazing in theory but then like anything to do with technology the fear of being hacked and the lack of control we would have…..well yeah you guessed it!

The Passengers had such a Big Brother vibe and not just they are watching us vibe. I am talking about the reality show when the “passengers” are hijacked in their day to day life, people were taking to Twitter with their little hashtags voting who should die! I mean seriously, wow! I spent most of the book with my jaw dropped and the rest outraged. The secrets we were learning about the passengers, the social media frenzy, the lack of humanity in people. It is terrifying, and as I said just a little bit toooooo real.

I loved getting to know the characters and you had the character you routed for. Even with only half the information at first. I will admit I probably backed the wrong horse like everyone is meant but I also had a feeling something was a little bit off with one of the characters. Something was too simple, and yay me I was right.

This book has taken my breath away, this is my first read with Mr Marrs and what an introduction, I mean HOLY BLOODY MOLY! I was flying through these pages, reading so quickly due to the writing. I was hooked, I was angry and I was outraged and not going to lie I cried! I actually sat there thinking my god, what would it be like if this was all real and we were sitting there watching this unfold live on TV! It was just mental, but let us be honest the world is changing and I would not be surprised if the world of ‘The Running Man’ comes true soon, then ‘The Passengers’ will definitely be true!!

As much as I have just moaned about everyone on Social media voting etc that final twist well it was perfect and well played out, did leave a devilish smile on face – oops!

So as this is the second book review of the day, I have to say this is the second book that is going straight into my top books for the year for sure. The Passengers has touched a nerve, there was just much discussion about how much technology is part of our lives, through our phones, watches and in the books things like rings! Too much reliant on it and at any point, it can be hacked and your life as you know is done.

I absolutely loved this book and I found it so fascinating and harrowing and exciting all at the same time! My first foray with Mr Marrs is not going to be my last dance. I am completely hooked on his mastery with the written word and will be looking at his other books now!

Until next time xxx

What has been said so far on tour?

Compulsive Readers says

In the usual “Marrs manner” you can expect the unexpected, twists, turns, shocks and several OMG moments.  I absolutely love how John manages to weave connections between the characters, make you feel sympathy one moment and utter disgust the next and keep you, the reader, on your toes throughout the journey.  Another cracking read.

Between the Pages Book Club says

OMG! It’s been a while since I read a five star book! This was amazing. Absolutely loved it. A must read. I devoured it. A fast paced, page turner of a read that you won’t be able to put down. It will be all you think about.

Over the Rainbow Book Blog says

This is an incredibly fast paced, addictive book which I just had to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. There were lots of twists and turns that were brilliantly executed, taking me completely by surprise. The final twist was especially surprising and I was on the edge of my seat as it all played out.

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Thanks to Tracy at Compulsive Readers for the tour invite and the author for a copy of their book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About John Marrs

John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are and Her Last Move. The One has been translated into 20 different languages and is to be turned into a a ten-part Netflix series in 2019.
After working as a journalist for 25-years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines, he is now a full-time writer. His sixth book, The Passengers, is set for release in April 2019.

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