Book Review for THE PASSENGERS by John Marrs
THE PASSENGERS by John Marrs
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A high octane thrill ride which will have you on the edge of your seat and obsessing about what will happen next.
Seriously! I just can’t with the craziness of this book. THE PASSENGERS is a fast-paced thriller packed with action, duplicity, and a hint of romance. Marrs delivers with this one.
Let’s unpack this book for a moment. I have to talk about the writing. Marrs nails it. There is a constant movement to this story which propels you forward at a quick clip but then slows down to give you a moment to breathe only to kick it into gear again. Then there is messages and commentary within this story. Cloaked in a dystopian techno-thriller, Marrs brings up some fascinating questions on morality and ethics. I applaud the author for dealing with race, social status, governmental control, and people’s personal biases. He shows how mob mentality in life and on social media can take over rational thought. Honestly, I thought it was terrific.
I will not lie to you all; this book gave me serious anxiety about ever stepping foot in a car that would drive for me. However, once I got through my issues, I was addicted to the narrative. There wasn’t a moment where I wasn’t completely invested in the outcome of any of the characters. Honestly, I would read this one. Do it before they make it into a movie (…and you know they will…) because I don’t see how they could make a film as good as this.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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?"
About the Author: John Marrs is the author of The One which is being made into a ten-part Netflix series, as well as The Good Samaritan, Her Last Move, When You Disappeared, and Welcome to Wherever You Are. Until recently, he worked for twenty-five years as a freelance journalist based in London, England, where he interviewed celebrities from the world of television, film, and music for national newspapers and magazines. He has written for publications including the Guardian's Guide and Guardian Online, Total Film, the Huffington Post, Empire, Q, GT, the Independent, S Magazine, and Company. He is now a full-time author.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley (August 27, 2019)
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