The Passengers by John Marrs
One Wild Ride
This book was gifted to me by Penguin the book is out in May.
The Passengers is John Marrs upcoming novel about a near future when cars drive completely by themselves. But five passenger’s cars have been hacked, and they have two hours to live until the cars collide into each other. The public decides who lives or who dies.
Yeah, sounds a bit messed up, right? Yeah it is. But it’s also a brilliant read.
My mum actually read The Passengers before me after reading The One, and she kept on talking about how amazing the writing was and how faced paced his books are. She was not wrong. Once I got into The Passengers, I physically couldn’t put the thing down. Like literally, there was so many twists and turns that I just had to continue reading to find out what in the world is going on. It kept me guessing because I didn’t see any of the twists coming.
What I love most about The Passengers is that it brings to light a lot of the issues around discrimination, and the fact that there are so many layers to people, and humans aren’t just good or bad, we’re a mixture of both. This whole book is Utilitarianism put into action; the public have to decide one person to die, or else the hacker will kill them all. It got me thinking about how I would react in this impossible situation. There is no right or wrong answer. I could really feel the emotional toll that this was taking on Libby, the main character.
If you’re looking for a fast paced book which you don’t want to put down, read The Passengers when it’s out. This is not my usual type of book I like reading at all, but honestly I loved it so much that I’m going to be reading his other novels!