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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  14,422 ratings  ·  2,648 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
ebook, 400 pages
Published April 1st 2019 by Ebury Digital
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Brilliant book and since the UK government has now decided that all cars need to be electric in the next 10 years, autonomous cars will be next, and with this John Marrs' story may end up to be fact and not fiction.(less)
Claire Some of the characters are married or dating.
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Chelsea Humphrey
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One of the reasons I'm drawn to everything that John Marrs writes is that he takes the mundane and gives it a soapy spin. I mean this as the highest of compliments, because there's nothing I adore more than a unique idea that's brimming with drama, and I like for my psychological thrillers to contain not only the traditional aspects of crime fiction, but also the secrets hidden by our characters that pertain to their daily lives. I was slightly worried going into this one that the
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was so good, I couldn’t 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, I
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
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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What an awesome read!

Self-driving cars have recently become the norm in England. Their government has pledged that soon all of England’s roads will be a completely autonomous network and that all manual vehicles will be banned within the next ten years.

The first character/passenger we meet is twenty-six year old, Claire Arden. Claire was fascinated when her car delivered itself to her house a few weeks ago. However, the fa
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
The Passengers is a nonstop thrill ride!!!

I'm happy to report, my first John Marrs gets a solid, two thumbs up.

The premise of this novel had me intrigued from the very start.

From the synopsis, I expected The Purge, but set in a Tesla.

Surprisingly enough, it is actually more like The Hunger Games, but set in a Tesla. I am so down for that!

In a near-future U.K., Level-5 autonomous vehicles are now the law of land. Said to make personal travel completely safe, we quickly discover that isn't neces
Mary Beth
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

Libby is called to serve as a juror and has to decide which passenger should survive along with other jurors. Then the public has to decide too. This is set in the future with driverless cars. You just program the car where to go and the car takes you there.

There are eight driverless cars and the passengers find out that their cars are hacked and that they are set on a fatal collision course.

The passengers speak for themselves and tells the jurors and the public why they should be s
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Holy Shooty Balls!!! Gripping, chilling, & absolutely unputdownable!

THE PASSENGERS by JOHN MARRS is an engrossing, chilling, suspenseful, dark, disturb
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, edelweiss
It’s dark, it’s disturbing, it’s chilling. Yup, all that combined means you have an absolute must read!

We’re beginning to see major advances in driver-less car technology. Now even being test driven across North America and all over the world.
So I’ll pose the question we’re all thinking - Can you picture yourself as a passenger, with no control over your vehicle whatsoever? No brakes, no steering wheel. And it’s not like leading technologies have ever back-fired, right?
So if something goes
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
The Passengers by John Marrs is a 2019 Berkley Books publication.

An unrelenting techno-thriller!!

Set in the not so distant future, Britain has made driverless cars mandatory. Not only that there are no longer manual overrides, placing the passenger at the total mercy of technology. When there is an accident a jury is called in to judge who was at fault. Let’s just say they had better not rule against the car.

Despite the claim the autonomous car is the safest choice for all concerned, one mornin
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Readers start your thrill and let the best passenger win. Try to stay calm and strap yourself in. Its techno-thriller time!

John Marrs takes us on an entertaining, chilling action-packed, fast track ride to the unthinkable where technology and humans collid
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ive said it before - JM has no competition when it comes to sci-fi thrillers/mysteries. he could give ‘black mirror’ a run for its money.

while this wasnt exactly the story i thought it would be, i still really enjoyed it. it brings up a lot of important discussions regarding tech and science, specifically AI, and the morality (or lack thereof) of it. it explores interesting points i hadnt previously considered, and made the story feel that much more realistic, that much more scary.

i also reall
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Susanne  Strong
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, buddy-read
4 Stars

“The Passengers” by John Marrs is a scream, I promise!

Eight driverless cars. Eight passengers, all of whom have a secret and a specific plan for that morning. None arrive at their intended destination.

There is a Hacker who knows everything about everyone and he has decided to take control. There are five members of the jury whose sole purpose is to decide who lives and who dies.

The fear is real my friends. “The Passengers” will scare you. Yea, “The Jetsons” made the idea of a futuristic
Aug 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
I cannot recall reading a more absurd book in my life.

At first the absurdity was laugh out loud funny.

Then the whole ridiculousness of it kinda started pissing me off as it became more and more farcical by the page.

I'm not even going to bother with a full review. I've wasted enough of my time on this buffoonery dressed up as a novel.

**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
OMG this book is absolutely brilliant! How have I not read a John Marrs book before this? Where has this author been all my life?! Seriously this book had me at the edge of my seat the entire wild ride.

I have been eagerly awaiting to get my hands on a copy of this book! The book came out earlier in the year for my fellow bloggers across the pond and after reading each fantastic review one after another, I knew this was going to be one heck of a book. It is finally due to come out here in the U.S
The Passengers hits too close to home. There are already self driving cars, trucks, and buses, even if they aren't being used to the extent that is written about in the book. The story takes place in the near future when self driving cars for everyone are not only the majority of the cars on the road but will be required for everyone, eventually.

The book starts with eight self driving cars, each with a passenger, that will collide in about two and a half hours. There is a group of five people w
Sumit RK
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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In the near future, government-mandated self-driving cars become the norm in Britain—They were supposed to make the roads 95% safer for both passengers and pedestrians. Then one morning, someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars with their passengers, and they are set on a fatal collision course. They are told that they will probably be dead in several hours. All of this, of course, unfolds over social media, and the world finds itself captivated—particularly when the Hacker begins ...more
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc-physical
This is my brain🧠. This is my brain after reading this book🤯. Any questions?

John Marrs completely blew my mind with this exhilarating thriller! Eight passengers in eight separate driverless cars, all of them with secrets, none of them making it to their desired destination. Imagine you're in a driverless car you have no control, no brakes, no steering wheel, you can't even open the doors,and somebody has taken over the car. In 2 1/2 hours all eight of these cars will collide head on end it is u
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, 2019, futuristic
It's the near future and Britain is in the process of making autonomous, driverless cars mandatory and phasing out driver controlled cars for it's citizens. Cars with software that can be programmed with the destination, choice of music and temperature while the passengers sit back and relax, eating, reading or catching up on a little work. Not every one is in favour of autonomous cars and the decisions they make when an accident occurs but a inquest panel has been set up to investigate any fata ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
As we grow lazier and more complacent, artificial intelligence grows smarter, insinuating its sticky fingers in more and more aspects of our lives.  This tale deals with autonomous vehicles and their seven random passengers.  Programming has been wiped clean and rerouting to an unknown destination is underway.  Cameras everywhere are recording and broadcasting everything.  Is this a variation on the theme of reality TV, or an elaborate hoax meant to prove a point?  Or is it something else entire ...more
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
John Marrs' best, and most ambitious, book to date.

Picture this! It's the near future and you're cruising along in your state-of-the-art driverless car. You might be eating breakfast, applying makeup, reading a book, talking on the phone, or just relaxing, when all of a sudden your car deviates from it's pre-programmed destination.

Then a voice sounds from the centre console:

‘”It may have come to your attention that your vehicle is no longer under your management. From here on in, I am in char
Tan Markovic
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
When you want to write a review but have no idea how to do the book justice :')


John Marrs never disappoints....

What an amazing book!
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This thriller didn’t waste any time getting started—for me, it was a total page turner!

Have to admit this, while not a Luddite by any stretch, driverless vehicles freak me out. Maybe too much Stephen King (he had a novella about machines taking over— trucks, etc.), maybe my lack of trust in public/government standards (dare I admit I’m a public employee), or the greed of big corporations— but this was a very creepy read.

Twists and turns, and both guessable and non-guessable plot lines. The plagu
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2020-faves
Welcome to ANOTHER season of Black Mirror.

To give you a bare minimum non-spoilery summary:
This story involves two sets of characters. The first, the eight people, with their own dark little secrets, trapped in their hijacked 'driverless' cars. As readers, do you believe their sentiments? Or do you doubt them? Among them, who are you rooting for? Second, the outside world or the public. They were the ones who saw what was happening to these 'magic 8'. Their opinions to them were, most of the
Nov 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one had me hooked from the very first page, a clever and fast paced thriller. I love thrillers that think outside the box and this one really worded for me.

I had put off reading this one for so long despite the many glowing reviews it was receiving. Just something about the blurb didn't convince me to add it to my reading list. However a gentle push in the right direction had me download the audio version of this book and I loved every moment spent listing to this one.

An extremely clever
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“Despite threats to their kids’ lives, they still prioritise sharing their fears with the world before they scuttle off to rescue their little ones. Share then react. I love it.”
― John Marrs, The Passengers

I cheated.

I looked at the end way before I was done.

I could not help it.

I guess I would not make a good Passenger Juror.

But I HAD to know..I just had to.

This book was so DIFFERENT.

Never has anyone got social media so right. The man had me howling with laughter at some of it.

A bit to much viol
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars

This book gave me anxiety with all its twists and turns and how intense and stressing it was. I still believe that John Marrs should definitely write the next “black mirror” season. I was in the middle of this book when the trailer of The One (my favorite JM book) was released and I still don’t know how I feel about that adaptation, but I’m both excited and scared.

Eight driverless cars were hacked and set to collide. Who lives and who dies? And who gets to decide?

If this is not stressi
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars (rounded up)


John Marrs is about to take you on a terrifying ride!

in the UK, British citizens are finding “The One” (from his previous book) using “MATCH YOUR DNA” technology and driverless vehicles will replace those driven by humans within the next 5 years.

After all, these vehicles have rarely been found to be at fault, by the Vehicle Inquest Jury, whenever an accident has occurred and blame must be found.

The jury is gathered to review the latest accidents wh
Catherine Woodward
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-stars
What an inventive, exciting, and unique thriller from John Marrs! I have to say going into this book I had a completely different idea on how it would play out and a very different impression of the basic framework of the book itself, but the thought of self-driving cars trapping their owners and holding them hostage immediately caught my attention, and from there this plot goes completely sideways!

Marrs gives us an interesting cast of characters, from an aging Hollywood star, to a expectant mot
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fasten your seatbelts and prepare yourself for a thrilling ride... That is what I call a fast-paced novel!

Are you ready to read about a troubling future not so far from us? With The Passengers, you'll question yourself about morality while reading a story with an enthralling plot. So interesting! My only complaint is about the last 20% of the book... Some parts weren't necessary, the ending was too long.

I liked The Passengers even more than The One, but I recommend to read the latter first. Hop
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John Marrs is the author of #1 Best Sellers The One, The Good Samaritan, When You Disappeared, Welcome to Wherever You Are, Her Last Move, The Passengers, The Minders and What Lies Between Us.
The One has been translated into 30 different languages and is to be turned into an eight-part Netflix series starting in autumn 2020.
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