The Passengers by John Marrs
A gripping wild ride
I might be biased, as John Marrs is from Northampton where I live, but I do love his writing. The One had me gripped from start to finish and The Passengers was no different.
I love reading books where you don't notice the writing; where it flows, doesn't jar or get self-indulgent and that is how John writes, it just flows.
Set in a not-too-distant future of driver-less cars, this book tells the story of eight cars that are kidnapped, for want of a better word. We follow the passengers, who no longer have control of their cars, while we learn who will live and who will die. It's certainly not one for the faint-hearted! This books ebbs and flows, some bits so intense and other less so, and it turns so quickly and so many times that it almost gives you whiplash!
It is a brilliant ride ( pardon the pun) and, like The One, asks moral questions of ourselves and society that stay with you for a while. What I love most about John's books is that they are so believable and they are never so far-fetched that you couldn't imagine the stories playing out in real life.
This books just has to be made into a TV series or a film because it lends itself so well to that.
I enjoyed every minute and it kept me guessing right up until the end.
The book inst out until May and I read this advance reading copy that was sent to my daughter.