Book Review

The Next Together

Author: Lauren James
Name: The Next Together
Released Date: September 3rd 2015
Publisher: Walker Books Limited
Pages: 356
Genre: Sci-fi
Format: Paperback

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Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love. Only to be tragically separated. Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039. They find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace? ybe the next together will be different…

My Thoughts

You know it’s a good book when you pick it up on Wednesday and finish it early afternoon Thursday. The book was a little confusing in some parts but still able to grasp every bit of your attention. It’s nothing like I’ve ever read before.

The Story

The story starts off slow as you need to get the hang of the ‘Time Landscapes’. These are the different periods in time in which the characters appear. Whichever time they are in 1745, 1856, 2019 and 2039, Katherine and Matthew always find a way to get together and solve the issue at hand. Whether it is the Crimea War, a bacteria outbreak or a rebel attack from Scotland. This book captures reincarnation beautifully and has had me crying and laughing from the very beginning.

The Characters

The character ‘Katherine’ or ‘Katy’ relates to me in so many ways and is my favourite by far. One thing is that her humour is so unique and different from most people’s, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud while I was sat around the pool on holiday. Her humour was a huge page-turner for me, I couldn’t wait to see the next joke she had in store.

Matthew the other main character piqued my interest as in each time landscape his personality slightly changed. It’s as if through time he got more comfortable being himself, whereas Katherine’s personality near enough stayed the same. This is how you really fall in love with his character. You get to go through time with him and see him fall in love with Katherine over and over again, every single time.

What I Like

My favourite part of the book is 2019 Katy and Matthew. They have known each other for a long period of time by this point. Sussing out how they knew each other in the different points in history. It’s a nice touch to the book when little notes from the characters are inserted, as it’s something different to read than a block of text. Things like these really help you connect with a character. You feel your reading something of there’s and not an author writing about it.

Overall Thoughts

The concept of time travel and reincarnation that the story is based around may put some people off, but I am telling you now don’t put the book down, everything becomes so much clearer between the different time landscapes and how 1745 Katherine and Matthew link together with 1845 Katy and Matthew. I can’t wait to read the other books in the series to see how they all link together.

Rating: 3/5

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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