Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Review - The Next Together by Lauren James


Synopsis (From Goodreads) - 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…

My Review - You like history? You like science? You like time travel? You like romance? You like YA? Then I implore you to read this book!

      I am a huge fan of historical fiction so this book was an absolute dream! To begin with I did find it hard to keep up with all of the different timelines, but it didn’t take long before I was well and truly engrossed in each story.

      Firstly, I loved Katherine so much! Every incarnation of her. She was relatable, funny, like laugh out loud funny. In particular the 2019 version of her. Matthew was also wonderfully shy and dedicated. Both of them were adorably nerdy and I couldn’t help getting invested in their romance. I would like to stress, however, that this novel is far more than an epic love story, (though it is that too!). The book has a very interesting scientific aspect, which I admit I didn’t always understand, but I did find interesting.

My favourite version of the couple has to be from 2019. We only get to read notes, texts, and emails between her and Matthew from that time but I really enjoyed reading what their relationship was like when they had been together for a few years. Despite not hearing as much about them, I feel they were the most relatable and the most fleshed version of the relationship. I would say this was probably because the others were showing the couple meet and then falling for each other, whereas the 2019 Matthew and Katherine already had an established relationship. I also felt that the 1745 and 1854 version were fairly similar. I loved them both, but I don’t think both storylines were wholly necessary and I would have preferred if we were just presented with one modern version, and a one past version.  This would have made more room in story to flesh out the characters and Matthew and Katherine’s relationship.

      James is a superb writer with great natural talent. She balances humour and drama. I found The Next Together very readable and highly enjoyable, it has a bit of everything, romance, sci-fi, mystery, comedy, as well as the historical element - so there really is something for everyone!

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