Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The Passengers by John Marrs

The day of automatic cars has come.  Now you can choose what level of control you want to have.    The newest ones are fully automated.  You just choose where you want to go and it takes you there.  Then there's the day it gets hacked...

Berkley sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.

There are a variety of passengers heading to various destinations.  Then the controls they use on the car quit functioning as well as their cellphones.  They are all told they are going to a new destination and have two and a half hours before they die.  One will go free, the others will die.

Libby is on jury duty and she doesn't like how that is going.  They don't give you enough information and always want you to find the humans at fault.  It gets worse when the hacker takes over and tells them they have to decide who is going to die and who will live.  To show his power, he has an old man tell them his name, how he earned his medals and that he's on the way to the doctor before he got hijacked.  Then the hacker blows his car up.  Everyone in the jury room was upset and doesn't want to go on, but they have no choice.  The worst part is that social media will be given a vote, too.

As cars are attacked by crowds, the car and the passenger are destroyed as well as those around the car.  The hacker has no conscience.  He kills when he wishes.

Nobody riding in the cars have any secrets.  He knows the pregnant mother has her dead husband in the trunk of the car.  He knows the man married to another passenger has a duplicate family.  Soon they have an awful time trying to determine who to keep alive...

Who would you choose?

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