Review: The Passengers
You're riding in your self-driving car when suddenly the doors lock, the route changes and you have lost all control. Then, a mysterious voice tells you, "You are going to die."
Just as self-driving cars become the trusted, safer norm, eight people find themselves in this terrifying situation, including a faded TV star, a pregnant young woman, an abused wife fleeing her husband, an illegal immigrant, a husband and wife, and a suicidal man.
From cameras hidden in their cars, their panic is broadcast to millions of people around the world. But the public will show their true colors when they are asked, "Which of these people should we save?...And who should we kill first?"
Make sure you set aside all of your plans for the day before you start reading this because you're going to want to do it in one sitting. You will not be able to put this down. If you start this right before bed, you're out of luck because you won't be getting any sleep that night. This book is the definition of unputdownable.
Based on previous reviews, I knew I was about to start a crazy-good book with endless shock-value occurrences. I wasn't fully prepared for what I was about to read; the journey I was about to embark on with these trapped passengers in autonomous vehicles.
Libby is our MC; she hates and distrusts these autonomous vehicles because of an accident she witnessed a few years prior. She has the luck of the draw when she's selected for jury duty for the week and is on the only jury panel regarding vehicle accident cases. She's initially introduced to us with wallflower characteristics but quickly finds her voice and stands her ground, sweeping the floor with unethical politicians and other people who make questionable decisions.
Meanwhile, eight passengers are trapped in their vehicles with no way out. The Hacker of these vehicles makes only one demand - people need to hear their stories and choose only one passenger to save. Their only saviors are the jury that Libby happens to be serving on and the world's residents who get one majority vote via social media. The world is watching. It was actually really disturbing how the inclusion of social media and people's behaviors on those platforms really made this book seem so real and possible as a future occurrence.
The amount of twists and turns the plot took - I thought there would be no more surprises left. I was most definitely wrong. Every passenger has a secret, each more shocking than the next. The plot twists don't stop coming even till the very last page.
If you're a fan of thrillers and of sci-fi, this book for made for you!
I received this book through First to Read in exchange for my honest review.