Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Review of The Next Together by Lauren James
Thank you to Sky Pony Press for a copy of the ARC in exchange for a fair review.
Katherine and Matthew meet at the University in England. When Katherine looks him up online to find out more information about him, she finds articles from 20 years earlier that name a different Matt and Katherine as terrorists.
When she confronts her gran she finds that Katherine was her Aunt and they never believed that she was a terrorist. As Katherine begins a connection with Matthew they are soon drawn into the past to uncover the truth of their relatives.
However, they soon find that they meet over and over again. In 1854, 1754 and so many other timelines. But, they always die and this time Katherine wants things to be different. Trying to stay one step ahead of the government that killed the previous versions of them is tricky! Will they be able to complete their mission? Will they find out the truth?
Whew, at first this sort of seemed like a straight out past lives book, but it was so much more than that. It alternates between 3 different timelines 1745, 1845, and 2039 with documents and journals from the 2019 timeline. In each place, they randomly meet and fall in love. Sometimes it isn't a smooth ride for them and they often end up in dangerous places. Like the English border during Bonnie Prince Charlies's uprising or the Crimean War.
I don't want to say too much because I don't want to spoil anything but this was a fantastic read and I did consider the ending a bit of a twist. I did not see that coming, and I admit I had reached a certain level of frustration like what were they supposed to do? Why did they keep coming back? I must say I was happy with the ending it wasn't anything crazy, but it was interesting and special I thought. A reminder that sometimes the right two people can create or change something in just one way that changes everything forever.