Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi
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…
A powerful and epic debut novel for teenagers about time-travel, fate and the timelessness of first love. The Next Together is told through a mixture of regular prose, diary entries, letters, “original” historical documents, news reports and internet articles.
My thoughts: Lauren Jame’s debut novel is centered around a couple who is reborn in various centuries where they fall in love with each other, only to be ripped apart by circumstances that they cannot control. It follows Matthew and Kate in four different centuries and is told through text, letters, emails, and hand written notes. This unique story mixing historical fiction and sci-fi together completely engrossed me and kept me wondering if Matthew and Kate were finally going to be together again without fate tearing them apart through multiple time periods.
I loved this novel more than I expected to, probably because it dealt so much with science and pieces of history mixed together. The scientific elements that drove the plot forward were so well thought out and the historical settings that Kate and Matthew were in that were all filled with action and mystery. The way James crafts the story so all four time periods interconnect was so well laid out in a way that was easy to read along with. I loved Kate and Matthew’s banter and how their love developed similarly in each time period. They were such precious characters to read about, and I only wished this story wasn’t wrapped up as quickly as it was. The ending was a bit rushed, and left me with many unanswered questions, so I will definitely have to pick up the sequel to see what truly happens to Kate and Matthew. Overall, this was such an enjoyable read about time-travel, historical moments, science, and a love that can live through multiple lifetimes, and I loved all of it so much.
*I received an physical copy of this of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*