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The Next Together

(The Next Together #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  4,902 ratings  ·  979 reviews
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 themselve
Paperback, 356 pages
Published September 3rd 2015 by Walker (first published August 20th 2015)
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Corinne I saw it on available in kindle and paperback forms :)
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Lauren James
Sep 23, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
[June 2017]

This is out now in the USA!

"Perfect for holidays" - Marie Claire

"An author to watch" - Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger and Heidi Heilig’s The Girl from Everywhere will enjoy this romance through time and history. This science fiction take on European history will excite any historical fiction reader." - School Library Journal

The Next Together is published by Walker Books in the UK and Australia and Sky Pony Press in the USA. You can read the first chapter here a
Faye, la Patata
Wow... just wow.

When you hear the word "time-travel", the first thing that comes to mind (usually) is "science fiction". You think of the technology and machines that make this feat possible; you think of the physics involved, of subatomic atoms transferring from one place to another (or however that is supposed to be done); you think of action-packed plots, of conspiracy theories, that push our heroes and heroines to time travel in the first place.

But... romance? With time-travel? To be quite h
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

4.5 stars
September already promises to be a month of successful debuts. There have been several excellent first works already, but none as shiny, well written or as deeply romantic as The Next Together by Lauren James.

James tells the tale of one love affair in four different places and four different time scapes. Matthew and Katherine are, at once, a wealthy young lady and her servant, an ambitious journalist and his assistant, married young scientists uncovering a conspiracy and two colleg
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
I am SO confused. Can someone who has read this please explain to me wtf happened at the end?? I just don't get it???????????

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 32. A historical fiction book
Alice Oseman
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What I loved so much about The Next Together was that it's a book of everything. You like history? It's got history. You like science? It's got science. You like romance? It's got romance. Mystery? Regency era? War? Corrupt governments? The future? This book is as if you crushed several different stories into one.

Holding all of these things together are two protagonists that I loved from the start - Kate, who is passionate and motivated, and Matt, who is shy and collected. I cared a lot about t
Stacey (prettybooks)
The Next Together has been praised by many of my bookish blogger friends and Lauren James is one of my Twitter buddies, so I was eager to finally read her début novel. The Time Traveler's Wife is one of my all-time favourite books. The Next Together similarly delves into the complicated, multiple lives of an unforgettable couple – although Lauren James prefers to call it reincarnation romance rather than time-travelling! – but with a dash of conspiratorial science, compelling history and inevita ...more
Aisyah ♡
Jun 23, 2015 marked it as must-read-awesome-reviews
This book sounds amazing, and that cover!!

Éimhear (A Little Haze)
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Éimhear (A Little Haze) by: Gabby
I have no clue how to review this book! It's a mash-up of so many different genres that shouldn't work... But yet it really really REALLY works!!!! This book grabs you from page one and sucks you right into this elaborate web of time lines and two characters, Katherine and Matthew, and how these characters keep meeting and falling in love throughout history... It's a bit of a head f*^k but SUCH A GOOD HEAD F*^K!!!!! This book is part historical fiction (featuring stories regarding the Jacobites, ...more
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I was really enjoying this but the end seemed a bit messy and has left me super confused.
rachel ☾
I wish I could start this review by saying that The Next Beginning lived up to the hype but sadly, it just did not. Time travel is one of my favourite sub-genres but the focus on romance in this particular book was off-putting.

My biggest problem with this book, and likely the reason why it did not work for me as a whole, was the fact that I just did not connect to the characters. In fact, I found them to be rather flat. Katherine was meant to be this incredibly sassy and feisty woman (especiall

This was such a unique read and I really enjoyed it. I loved the format of the story. I'm always a sucker for mixed media books. They are always so fun for me to read. I think the mixed media worked really well for this.
So this story is about two people who meet over and over at different points in time. They fall in love, and it always seems to end in tragedy. In The Next Together, we are following four different timelines of Katherine and Matthew: 2019, 1745, 2039, and 1854. I found each timel
Shaikha Alahmad
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it

Oh my, what a WONDERFUL journey!
Time traveling books aren't usually my cup of tea but this one is extraordinary!
One beautiful and unique novel that made history ten times more interesting and fun to read.
Although the ending was kind of unsettling and there are a few unanswered questions, but I figured I'll have to wait until the next part of this new series!
I can't deny the love I have for this book now! I think I'm emotionally attached to Katherine and Matthew. ❤️
Kate (infinitelynovel)
This wasn't a book for me. The concept sounded amazing but I felt that it wasn't executed particularly well. I had issues with the pacing and didn't gel with any of the characters. Overall it was a decent read, but I hoped for a lot more! ...more
Maggie ☘
Initial reaction: WHATTHEHELLJUSTHAPPENED ????????????? SO CONFUSED.....

ANYWAY. Moving on: This was quite the star crossed love story with bits and pieces of both science fiction, time travel, historical fiction and contemporary. The story is told from three POVs, three different romances between Katherine and Matthew - and all of them worked together perfectly. I also really liked the idea of the story, even though the execution, after finishing this book, left me very, very confused and with m
Elle (ellexamines)
This was cute, but I was expecting & hoping for more dimension to the story.

Following reincarnated couple Katherine and Matthew's role in the world throughout time, this romantic scifi novel delves into several different timelines. In 1745 Carlisle, Katherine is a society lady and Matthew works as a carriage driver. During the 1854 Crimean War, Matthew works as a newspaper assistant and Katherine is dressed as a boy. In 2019, the two are married and working as chemists. And in 2039, two chemist
Sara ➽ Ink Is My Sword
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Didn't understand the explanation whatsoever.
Why do you love to lie to yourself, Sara? You are just not gonna love all books. 🙄
SyaSya Syed Nasir
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: english-books
I have done reading, but to be honest, I rate it 2.5 stars simply because as much as I like the writing, I don't understand WHAT IS HAPPENING! I'm going nuts here! 😑 The full review will be in my blog tomorrow evening. ...more
Apr 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Actual rating: 4.5/5 stars.

I hurried up and bought this on its release date, but found out when I received it that it was a book proof I’d gotten - no biggie, I actually like the cover like this (it doesn't have the title on it). I won’t be quoting anything in this review, so everything I’m mentioning will be the same had I had the "actual" book.

The writing style varied from the different storylines, and my favourite were from the older ones, but that’s just a matter of preference - Lauren Jame
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing

“I’ll have you know I am an expert at trench digging,” she said. “It’s an important skill for a young lady. I would struggle to find a husband without it.”
He grinned. “I should hope so. I would be wary of a wife who was unable to dig a perfect tunnel.”
“My point exactly, Matthew, thank you. If even you require such a talent, imagine the demands of a man who actually has standards.”

these two <3

Originally I thought this was a four stars book but it was so clever, twisty and hilarious that I’m g
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Finished this just in time for the signing! There was so much to love about The Next Together - it's the perfect blend of sic-fi and historical fantasy. It's reincarnation romance as you've never read before! My favourite time line was the one set in the 19th Century, because I can't resist a good girl disguised as boy plot. I LITERALLY CANNOT WAIT to find out what happens in the companion sequel. I'll be recommending this book a lot more in the future. ...more
Catherine Doyle
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early version of The Next Together, and finished it in one sitting. I fell in love with the characters, the story and the settings, which made me completely forget about the concept of time, and my dinner!

The Next Together is a fast-paced race against fate, and tells the story of two lovers, who are caught up in something utterly thrilling that will threaten to change the world forever. Matt and Kate are destined to fall in love again and again, in different eras, w
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 deve ...more
Holly Bourne
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very creative and unique book, and more than anything, just...cute! I raced through it.
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
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This book has left me in a weird balancing act between enjoyment and awe for all the stories told within this one book, but also pure frustration because I STILL want answers.

As you can probably tell, right now the balancing is leaning more towards the latter.

But we’ll come back to that later.


So. This book. This is defin
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Sep 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: walker-books
The Next Together was a clever contemporary blending time travel and science fiction to create what is ultimately a romance across the ages. Told through a series of perspectives, it ultimately follows the story of Katherine and Matthew, two entities destined to navigate towards one another no matter what era they share. It's the year 2039 and Matthew has just strolled into Kate's science class at the University of Nottingham and instantly find themselves
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Time travel is one of those genres that I don't really steer towards. I don't know what it is, there's just something about it that doesn't really appeal to me. I'm not big on historical fiction either... On paper, I wasn't destined to like this book but I kept hearing about it and eventually picked it up. I am so glad that I did as it was such a wonderful and charming read.

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The Next Together follows Matthew and Katherine as they meet, fall in love and become tragically separate
catherine ♡
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn't one for historical novels when I read this but I remember the additional fantasy aspect really made me more invested in the story than I otherwise would've been. Ultimately, it felt a little too repetitive with the characters just meeting in every life — there was no feeling like the story was going anywhere.

UNTIL THE VERY END. That's why I ended up bumping my rating up a star.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'll be honest, I was already sold on the words "reincarnation romance". Why read a story where they fall in love once when you can watch them do it over and over again?

What makes The Next Together so great is you get all of the classic elements of a love story (no skimping on the "falling in love" bit here!) and you get to experience them again and again, with characters you've grown to love, in different centuries and with different conflicts. In different hands, the multiple settings could ha
Inês Gueifão
I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. The book started out as really intriguing but evolved to be rather slow. My favourite parts were clearly the 2019 and 2039 stories, mostly because they were the fastest-paced ones, and wittiest.
As for the ending, that's what really ruined it for me. The pregnancy sounded ridiculous but the worst part is that we barely get an explanation about, well, everything. We get the what but we don't get the why or how.
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Lauren James is the twice Carnegie-nominated British author of many Young Adult novels, including The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She is also a Creative Writing lecturer, freelance editor and screenwriter. Her books have sold over a hundred tho

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