Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.
'Provocative, terrifying and compulsive. Another savagely clever near future thriller' Cara Hunter, bestselling author of CLOSE TO HOME
The new gripping page-turning thriller for fans of BLACK MIRROR from the bestselling author of HER LAST MOVE and THE ONE - soon to be a major Netflix series.
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?
'a 1970s disaster movie by way of Black Mirror, with a dash of...Michael Crichton...a sleek, exhilerating ride' Financial Times
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
'I was gripped right from the start - the plot had many twists and turns' - Melanie
'An absorbing, engaging read that grabs you and doesn't let go, keeping you awake long past your bedtime' - Gisele
'One of the most thrilling books I've read this year' - Luke
'Marrs is so talented at creating these future worlds that are completely plausible and therefore utterly terrifying' - Kate
'Has many twists and turns which keep you guessing to the very last page' - Greta
'My heart is still pounding just thinking about this brilliantly twisted novel. An edge of your seat read' - Sara
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Set in a terrifyingly plausible near-future, this white-knuckle thriller raises compelling questions about our current society. In Birmingham, the control systems of eight driverless car are hacked, locking the vehicles—each one carrying a passenger—into a fatal collision course. The shadowy force behind the horror pledges to save one passenger from death, and the public has to decide who via a social media poll. Marrs skilfully maintains page-turning tension throughout, constantly wrong-footing you as he exposes more unexpected details from the lives of each passenger, while the nation debates who is most deserving of salvation—a scenario that exposes much about modern Britain’s prejudices and paranoia.
Set in a near-future Britain where automated driverless cars have replaced traditional vehicles, this enjoyable, if flawed, techno-thriller from Marrs (The One) plunges eight people into a nightmare when each of their cars malfunctions: the doors suddenly lock, their route changes to an unknown destination, and a mysterious male voice the Hacker informs them that they're likely to die soon. The Hacker simultaneously seizes control of social media outlets and broadcasts the passengers' frantic reactions to a worldwide audience. When he later announces that viewers will get to vote on who will live or die, the event becomes a global blood sport. Despite an intriguing premise, much of the novel's action occurs offstage. The hijacking's climax follows familiar lines, and experienced genre readers won't be surprised by the Hacker's identity once it's revealed. The book's strength lies in its well-developed characters and in its exploration of issues such as the growing role of AI, mob psychology, and the ethics of who gets to decide who lives or dies. Though this isn't the strongest of showings, Marrs remains a writer to watch.