Friday 27 September 2019

Book ~ "The Passengers" (2019) John Marrs

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 separate vehicles and a suicidal man. Now the public have to judge who should survive but are the passengers all that they first seem? 

In the future, driverless cars are the norm.  You get in your car, tell it where you want to go and then you sit back and relax, work or do whatever you want.

Once a month for a week, a jury of five people gather to determine the fault when driverless cars are in accidents ... a barrister, a religious pluralist, a pathologist and a member of Parliament/transport minister.  The fifth member is a randomly chosen person from the general population.

On day two of the latest jury, a hacker takes over eight driverless cars.  Inside each car are an aging TV star looking for a comeback, a young pregnant woman, a disabled war veteran, an abused wife originally from India whose husband has just been arrested for slave labour, an immigrant who is seeking residency status, a husband and wife who have two children and are in separate cars, and suicidal man.  The hacker also takes over all TV stations and the Internet and broadcasts the jury's meeting.  The hacker tells the jury they must decide which one person gets to live while the others are all destined to die in a violent crash.  It's up the jury to make this difficult decision or all the people in the cars will die.  Who will they save?

I enjoyed this book.  The story was interesting and bizarre.  I liked the writing style.  It is written in third person perspective with the focus on whose ever story it was.  As a head's up, there is swearing and violence.

I look forward to reading other books by this author.

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