The Passengers is a constant barrage of thrills, filled with deceptive characters, terrifying technology, and a mysterious force who holds everyone’s lives in the balance.
It’s a simple premise — a few people get into their driverless cars and they get hijacked by an anonymous man informing them they’ll die. What proceeds is anything but simple. There are so many shocking reveals and allegations that leave you constantly questioning whose side you’re on. We’re stuck as spectators on this horrifying ride.
The combination of genres made this an especially tense read. On the science fiction side, we have the iffy technology that the public currently doesn’t trust. On the thriller side, we have the impending deaths of a few characters we’ve come to know. On the drama side, each of them has a secret, some minor in the greater scheme and some so massive, you’ll do a double take. Nobody is who they seem, and that’s what makes this such a great thriller. Honestly, most of them are surprisingly awful people and that makes it difficult to really side with anyone. That conundrum sucks you into the moral quandary of the book, brilliantly making you a part of the social experiment touted by the mysterious Hacker.
The book is reminiscent of And Then There Were None and Clue in terms of pacing and the shock-and-awe factor. I got swept up in the drama along with the rest of this fictional future world and each new tidbit made me flip through the pages a bit faster.
It’s impossible to keep talking about The Passengers without giving away spoilers, and I don’t want to do that. If you’re into thrillers with a futuristic twist, or soap operas that never give up on their larger-than-life reveals, this is your book. The strong writing never lets up, providing shocks until the very end.
By John Marrs
Published by Berkley
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.