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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  767 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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
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ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Ebury Digital
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myra
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
This was so good, I couldn not put this book down. Took one break in between to eat and went straight back reading. Can’t remember the last time i finished a book in one day. John Marrs had me shook!

The plot twist in the end, my god. This is the first book that i have read by Mr. Marrs and I’m definitely going to give his other books a try.

It’s better if you read The Passengers without knowing what the story is about. I think that it will make it more enjoyable. At least, for me it was.
Anyway,
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Bibi
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*Spoilers beyond here, you've been warned*

There's nothing that makes you question yourself than when your opinions are the polar opposite of others'. In this instance, there are several issues which made this book somewhat mediocre, in my opinion of course.

One, did Libby actually need to be in the room with the other jurors? Her presence felt like a big fat deus ex machina utilized to ensure the reader would care about the ensuing events. It was lazy and unimaginative.

Two, why mastermind an act
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Five billions, need an urgent brain transplant cause my old one is just blown away and out of order stars!!!
My head still hurts like I tossed it against the wall thousand times and I started to see cartoon stars on my head as soon as I finish this one! I cannot say I’m speechless because I forgot four languages I’ve known ( including my native one) right now so I’m out of words.
This is so revolutionary, innovative, creative book makes you think a lot, thrill a lot and numb your mind! It makes m
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Dennis
I can't believe I was just able to binge read another 400+ page book in record speed. I recently read John Marrs's The One because I heard it was going to be a Netflix series, so I was very excited to pick up his latest Black Mirror-esque novel, The Passengers . The Passengers takes place in the not so distant future, and autonomous cars are now regulated and compulsory during UK's new plan to try and circumvent human error for fatalities, accidents, pollution, and other traffic related trage ...more
Pauline
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, favorites
I'm a big fan of John Marrs books and I was delighted to receive an ARC of his new book The Passengers and I was not disappointed.
I was hooked from the first page and I did not want to put it down.
This thriller is about the dangers of technology. Eight driverless cars have their operation systems hacked and are on a collision course. The passengers are told this and we see their reactions and the reactions of the social media and television audiences.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat with
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Tan Markovic
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Marrs never disappoints....

What an amazing book!
Mandy White
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read The Passengers by John Marrs with thanks to Pigeonhole Books. That meant that I was reading 10% of the book each day. I found this really hard to do with this book, especially the way that each stave ending on a cliff hanger. I just wanted to keep reading and I think that if I was reading it normally I would have read it in a day or so. I really enjoyed this book and looked forward to each days installment

In a not so far off future we live in a world of self drive cars. Not everybody is a
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Mark
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Hi below is my review for ‘The Passengers’ and next up a book by an author never read any previous books by so lets see....

‘The Passengers’ by John Marrs published 16th May ( please note date ) by Penguin Random House UK Ebury Publishing/Del Rey!

Hi, well fans, old and new, of John Marrs know that a new book will be good but you are never quite sure what the book will hold as they are all so different....one of my favourite books and the book that started me reviewing ‘The One’ is about to be tur
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Sonja Arlow
3.5 stars

I went to a very interesting cyber hacking event this week and I couldn’t help myself, I had to just ask the host about the hacking capabilities of self-driving cars. I was loudly assured that at this point there are no threats…….. but quietly told that it can’t be ruled out in future as hackers evolve with technology.

This story is set in the not too distant future where self-driving cars are ubiquitous. Traffic congestion, accidents and pollution has gone down dramatically. New industr
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Lou
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Marrs has gone and done it again! A timely technothriller premise and superb execution make this a pleasure to read; I'd even go as far as to say that it's his best thriller to date and that is indeed saying something. From the moment you eagerly consume the first page, you are expertly held in a vice-like grip where putting it down is simply not an option. This is the type of book that will make you read through the night despite having to work in the morning, the type of book that means y ...more
Lainy
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 400

Publisher - Ebury Digital

Source - Netgalley

Blurb 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 separ
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Tania
Apr 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, bookclub, fiction
As always John Marrs does not disappoint. This time round he introduces is to a world where self-driven vehicles are the norm, although not everyone is convinced that this should be so. Libby, the main protagonist, is one of the few who have doubts about the safety of the vehicles. On her second day on a jury deciding blame in driverless fatal accidents, eight of these cars gets hacked and their passengers informed that they will be dead in a few hours. The above event is televised, and the whol ...more
Eva
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5* --> 5*

Bloody hell, what the frickety-frack was that?! 😱

Welcome to the world of autonomous cars. Get in, tell your car where you want to go and sit back, relax, have breakfast, read a newspaper or have a nap. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Until, someone somewhere takes control of your car and there’s nothing you can do about it. There’s no steering wheel, no pedals and no manual override and suddenly this relaxing journey turns into a wet-your-knickers one.

This is what happens to eight passeng
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The Book Review Café
Review to follow but what a superb read
Karen
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so gripping; totally plausible (- because we all know how incompetent any Government are at anything to do with transport!!) and absolutely terrifying all at the same time. I am extremely uncomfortable with the idea of autonomous vehicles anyway and this story hasn’t reassured me in any way.

The Passengers is set in the future, where all cars are driverless. Older models have manual override but the latest, Level 5, are completely autonomous and used with an app. You just programme
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Tracy Fenton
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anyone who follows me on Facebook or is a member of THE Book Club knows that I am a HUGE fan of John Marrs and am lucky enough to call him a friend and also honoured to be featured in a cameo role in his last 5 books. When John wrote THE PASSENGERS he kept telling me I wouldn’t enjoy it, but as usual I totally ignored him and started the book with an open mind.

If you’ve read any of John Marrs’ previous books then you know you are in for an original story line full of fascinating characters who a
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Ingstje
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you want the long version or the short one? For those who don't want to wait for the punchline: put it on your readlist, now!

This novel is legit one of the best thrillers I've ever read, it's brilliant, timely and I loved it 100%. If you enjoyed reading The One then it's guaranteed that you'll love The Passengers too. Even though the subject in the novel is completely different, it follows the same format again, involving multiple (8!) characters with alternating POV's. Each person has secret
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Roz
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hmm..
michelle
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s the age of the driverless car. Eight passengers, completely different from each, other go on a journey in their day to day lives. When the cars are hacked and suddenly their journeys are changed and they are told by the hacker, that they are on a collision course to their deaths.
Meanwhile in a secret facility, a jury and a group of MPs’ are attending a inquest. When, The Hacker gets in contact with them and gives them the power to decide who lives and who dies. Also, Social media get involv
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“The only thing you need to know at this point is that in two hours and thirty minutes from now, it is highly likely that you will be dead.”

John Marrs has done it again and we think this may just be our favourite book by this Author to date. Wow…just wow! Honestly, if you haven’t picked up a book by this magnificent Author yet, you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only is John Marrs a master of the written word, but he is also a master of character development, storyline twists, suspense,
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Wendy
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the not too distant future a new wave of autonomous vehicles has been approved by the government with the assurance they will minimise fatalities on our roads. Perhaps a touch ironic considering eight Passengers have just been informed they are going to die after being held hostage by their own driverless cars.

Is it a case of the computer says ‘no’ or something way more sinister? One thing’s for sure, this is a journey where no one is eager to say, “are we nearly there yet?”

With The Passe
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Lel Budge
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inquest is being held to determine who is at fault during accidents with driverless cars…..the car or the human…a jury watches videos of accidents and makes decisions on quite basic information….the car is usually exonerated.

But, then 8 driverless cars are taken over by The Hacker, the inquest jury, headed by MP Jack Larsson is told to decide who of the 8 will survive…

They are given a chance to interview each person to make an informed decision, Libby though, knows one of the Passengers….Jude
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MRIDULA
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Its been a few days since I finished this book, and I still haven’t wrapped my head around the chain of events. ‘The Passengers’ is an intense, fast-paced, bone-chilling, conflicting and an outstanding modern-day thriller that takes us through the darker, more dangerous side of innovation and how humans wouldn’t mind playing ‘God’ now and then.

8 passengers who are supposed to die in the next 2 hours, an enthusiastic audience, and a bunch of lawmakers/judges are what comprises this story. The use
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Sana
Feb 19, 2019 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
This sounds like a nightmarish book to read so obvs, I'm here for it
Michelle
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am well aware that during the course of a year I will write at least 30 reviews that say this is my favorite book of the year. And yes, THIS is my favorite book of the year so far!

This book is so awesome it makes me wants to cartwheel along the street.

Driver less cars are all the rage, roads are less congested, they are safer. Right? I mean the government are pushing them on people with buy back schemes on there manual drive cars. It's a no brainer right?

But what happens when someone hacks i
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Liz Barnsley
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. I shall be reviewing on the official tour later this year.
Sarah
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Sometimes a book comes along and literally blows your socks off and The Passengers is one of them. My heart is still pounding just thinking about this brilliantly twisted novel.

This is one author whose books just go from strength to strength. Each one gets more gripping and shocking. What I love is how in a couple of his books now, he centres the story around something futuristic that really could happen. It is seriously scary stuff.

There are so many twists and turns in
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Ann Girdharry
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a thriller with a sci-fi feel to it.

Eight different passengers are stuck in their self-drive cars, heading for a collision course.

There’s a ‘jury’ which had been convened to debate another issue involving self-drive cars and is rail-roaded into becoming the grand jury for deciding who should survive the collision.

We also have the participation of the public via social media, with voting and liking of various passengers. There is a secret operator behind the whole set up and no one kno
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Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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“The only thing you need to know at this point is that in two hours and thirty minutes from now, it is highly likely that you will be dead.”

John Marrs has done it again and we think this may just be our favourite book by this Author to date. Wow…just wow! Honestly, if you haven’t picked up a book by this magnificent Author yet, you are doing yourself a disservice. Not only is John Marrs a master of the written word, but he is also a master of character development, storyline twists, suspense,
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Zoé-lee O'farrell

……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 c
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John Marrs is the author of The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Her Last Move and Welcome to Wherever You Are.

A former freelance journalist based in London, England, he spent twenty-five years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines until becoming a full-time author in 2018.

He has written for publications including
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