The Passengers - John Marrs
Reading Challenge Category: Just really wanted to read it!
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?
Wow! I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book so fast! I needed to know what was going to happen, who was going to die and who the hacker was! I raced through this book so quickly, it more than just gripped me! From the moment it starts, you are introduced to the main hostages, and all of them have a little something they aren’t telling you. Just to hook you and get you interested from the start. We then start to follow Libby, who is completely against everything that is the driverless car. She ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time, or does she? She knows one of the passengers, and she is going to have to make one of the hardest decisions of her life. The book kept shocking me with the events that were occurring; I think I was driving Morgan up the wall gasping and exclaiming every few minutes. I even had to put the book down after a particular chapter I was so shocked, and I needed a few minutes to digest what had just happened. This book is on par with ‘The One’ and even references the DNA match service that we encountered during that story. The only disappointing thing for me was that the book could have ended at around 75%, the last 25% was a bit too drawn out with the aftermath. It didn’t need to be as long as it was. Yes, you get all the answers, and there are even some twists and shocks in the last section right up until the end. It just felt a bit too prolonged. However, it doesn’t ruin the book in any way, and I’m still giving it five stars as I was blown away with the premise and the story as a whole. It kept me reading during every spare moment I had yesterday and kept me awake way too late finishing it! I’m gutted now, though, as this was the last of John Marrs’ books that I had left to read. Until next year when he brings out two new ones, I can’t wait!