The Passengers by John Marrs #blogtour

Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my review of The Passengers by John Marrs to celebrate its paperback publication. Huge thanks to Tracy Fenton for the tour invite.

About this book…

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?

What did I think…

I loved the tag line on the front of my review copy of The Passengers (and so did the stag party on my train whilst I was reading it but that’s another story!) and couldn’t wait to dive between its black edged pages to find out who really does die and if so, who was deciding?! Having been a fan of John Marrs for a number of years now, I knew that I was about to be taken on journey with a few differences and that it was definitely going to be a bumpy ride!

The Passengers is set sometime in the future where self driving cars are now the norm. Once I got over the mental picture in my head of the Johnny Cabs in Total Recall ( if you’re younger than me you may need to Google them!) I was able to totally take onboard the idea of being able to get around in cars that are able to navigate themselves. They are also able to prevent traffic problems for the ever increasing population but these cars aren’t without their problems! And it looks like for eight specially chosen passengers, their own problems have only just started.

John Marrs takes us on a rollercoaster ride with plenty of twists and turns to shock us plus a few well chosen highs and lows as well. The Passengers are not who you think they are and I loved that we get to follow the collision course that we all seem set upon due to society’s obsession with social media and reality tv. Yes, this book cleverly takes the fears we may have and weaves a wonderfully addictive and fast paced storyline around them that will have you questioning your own choices in life. How many of us make snap decisions about people on very basic information on social media? It’s so easy to be judgemental when you don’t know the full story and as this book proves you really can’t judge a book by its cover!!

John Marrs has developed a brilliantly unique and inventive moral dilemma that in turn thrilled and angered me! It’s a compelling and thought provoking book that gave me such a book hangover, I abandoned two books after reading it. I just couldn’t let go of the The Passengers and the different paths their journeys took them before and during their terrifying experiences as they head towards their final destination.

Definitely another John Marrs winner so make sure it’s on your reading list!

Meet the author…

John Marrs is a former journalist from Northamptonshire, England, who spent 25 years interviewing celebrities from the world of television, film and music for national newspapers and magazines.

He wrote for publications including The Guardian’s Guide and Guardian Online; OK! Magazine; Total Film; Empire; Q; GT; The Independent; Star; Reveal; Company; Daily Star and News of the World’s Sunday Magazine.

He recently gave up his job to write novels full time. His first car at the age of seventeen was a three-door, Ford Escort with a Batman sticker in the rear windscreen. He thought the sticker was cool at the time.


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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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