Review: The Next Together by Lauren James

23266378The Next Together by Lauren James
Genre: Sci-Fi
Published by: Walker Books
Pages: 356
Format: Paperback
Release Date: 03/09/2015
Rating: ★★★★☆
Where to Find: Goodreads | Book Depository
Summary: How many times can you lose the person you love?

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?

Maybe the next together will be different…

I have had this book on my TBR for two years now, and I am so happy I finally got around to it.

The premise of this book really interested me from when I first heard about it. When I actually started reading it, it was just as interesting as I thought it would be.

I was really excited to see the reincarnation thing because I have never read a book about that before. I really enjoyed the way it was done in the Next Together. It was nice to see the same characters in the different time periods and settings. I really enjoyed reading the 4 different timelines in the one novel. It was really interesting. The 4 different reincarnations of the main characters all felt slightly different, reflecting the time period they lived in and also their upbringings.

My favourite time period was the 2039 one. I found it the most relatable because it was the more modern one and reflected what I know more than the other time periods. The 2039 one was also set in Nottingham, which is where I live, so it was nice to know all the places they were talking about.

I also really enjoyed the notes between Matthew and Katherine in the 2019 time period. I found them really amusing.

The plot of this book was really interesting. There were things that weren’t made clear until the end of the book that made me want to keep reading because I was so curious. There were also a few events that I didn’t see coming. I enjoy books that can take me by surprise, so that was nice.

The end of the Next Together left just enough unanswered questions to make me really excited for the second book.

I enjoyed everything in this book. Everything I read made me want to keep reading. The only problem I have is that the start was a bit slow, but it quickly picked up, so it didn’t bother me that much.

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