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The Next Together

(The Next Together #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  3,756 ratings  ·  859 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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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 an
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 college s
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
Ezgi Tülü
Jul 15, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kitap gerçekten güzel başladı ve yarısına kadar da keyifle devam etti. Ne zaman kitabın ortalarına vardım, o zaman iş biraz sıkıcılaşmaya başladı. İlk başlarda beni eğlendiren ve kitaptan keyif almamı sağlayan unsurlar, artık canımı sıkmaya ve beni kitaptan soğutmaya başlamıştı. Kitabın son sayfasını okuduğumdaysa hiç tatmin olmuş hissetmedim. Aksine, biraz kızgındım. Son sayfaya kadar okumuş olmamın tek bir nedeni vardı - bir soruya cevap arıyordum - ve kitap, bunu yanıtlamaya bile gerek görmem ...more
Ecmel Soylu
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ben bu kitabı çok çok çok çok sevdim ya *-*

Kate ve Matt adında iki baş karakterimiz var. Kate ve Matt farklı yıllarda tekrar tekrar doğuyorlar ve sonuç olarak hep birbirlerini buluyor, birbirlerine aşık oluyorlar. Dört koldan ilerliyor hikaye. 1745, 1854, 2019 ve 2039 yıllarındaki hallerini okuyoruz. Tarihte bir şeyler değiştiriyorlar, bir süre sonra da tekrar tekrar doğduklarının farkına varıp bunun olma sebebini öğrenmeye çalışıyorlar ama her seferinde trajik bir sonla karşılaşıyorlar.

Kate ve
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!!

Tanja Voosen
Forever Again hatte ich nach Erscheinen der englischen Ausgabe schon auf dem Schirm und als das Buch dann auf Deutsch erschien, dachte ich mir, dass es Zeit wird die Geschichte zu lesen. Vorab hatte ich viel Gutes gehört und war dementsprechend gespannt, was ich von der Idee halten würde. Es ist lange her, dass ich eine gute Zeitreise Geschichte gelesen habe, aber Forever Again reiht sich für mich persönlich nicht dort ein. Insgesamt war ich sehr enttäuscht vom Roman - aufgrund vieler Aspekte.

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
Actual Rating: 3.5

Sadly I didn't love this as much as I hoped - I think I preferred it more in theory personally. I never really fell in love with the characters or their relationship. It's hard to explain but I guess it just didn't click with me. However, the concept is really great and I love the snippets of things throughout like articles, notes, etc. The cover is gorgeous! I think it's going to be a big hit upon release. I appreciate how it doesn't fit into just one box. It's got a bit of ev
Anne Goldschrift
Schade Marmelade! Hier wurde so viel Potential verschenkt. Die Geschichte war eigentlich richtig toll, aber die letzten 20% waren echt eine Katastrophe... Wirr, unlogisch und zum Schluss einfach nur flach. 🙄
Julie Zantopoulos
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: own-it, read-in-2017
Don't come at me with your pitchforks this is just not my kind of story. I love Matthew and Katherine and their personalities and love story. I adore Katherine so much and how Matthew encourages her-their sense of humor is awesome.

That said I REALLY should have known this would not be a story for me. I loathe time travel/alternate reality stories. I thought this was a rebirth story but it was WAY more sci-fi than I anticipated and I hated that part. The characters made it redeemable but I just
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. ❤
Tereza Eliášová
Páni, tohle byla jízda! Cestování v čase, ale trochu jinak. Nenechá vás vydechnout a na konci budete fakt zírat, protože ten konec... uf!
Tahle knížka má všecko včetně mírně nesnesitelné hrdinky, ale jen na některých stránkách. Na jiných stránkách je vlastně vcelku fajn a dost jiná, protože... no protože vlastně jiná je a být musí. Sami uvidíte :D
Dec 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)
I was really enjoying this but the end seemed a bit messy and has left me super confused.
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bir Sonraki Hayatımız , almaya ne zaman karar verdiğimi bilmediğim ancak 'iyi ki almışım' dediğim bir kitap olarak kayıtlara geçsin lütfen.

Kitap çok tatlıydı!

Haziran'ın ilk kitabıydı ancak yorumunu şimdi girebiliyorum ve aslında dakikalardır yoruma nasıl başlamam gerektiğini de düşünüyordum çünkü araya zaman geçince neler diyeceğimi biraz karıştırmışım.Ama şimdi toparlıyorum gibi.

Her seferinde dünyaya yeniden gelseydiniz, ve aynı insana aşık olsaydınız ama sonunuz da hep trajik bir biçimde gelse
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!
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
Maggie ☘ (Reader-in-Wonderland)
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 confu
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurgusu ve olay işlenişi bence mükemmeldi! Ama sonu çok açık kaldı, umarım 2. Kitap biran önce çıkar.
Also irgendwie... irgendwie habe ich das Ende nicht verstanden? 😂
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
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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Nicht so wirklich meins. Dadurch, dass es vier Geschichten sind, die parallel verlaufen, kommt jede von ihnen zu knapp, habe ich das Gefühl und deshalb geht es jedes Mal auch viel zu schnell mit Kate und Matt. Außer der 2019-Version, die ist der Hammer! xD
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. 🙄
Liv (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
Da hab ich mir wohl mal wieder zu viel erwartet 🙄
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Lauren James was born in 1992 and is the British Young Adult author of The Next Together series, The Loneliest Girl in the Universe and The Quiet at the End of the World. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Nottingham, UK, where she studied Chemistry and Physics.

She started writing during secondary school English clas

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“I love you. In every life, I love you. I love you so much.” 4 likes
“Not exactly hard, is it?”

“That’s what she said,” Kate interjected.

Matt shook his head. “And this is where I chose to lay my affections,” he muttered, like it was just the latest in a series of bad life choices he’d made.”
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