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.
Maybe the next together will be different...
I really enjoyed this book! It was such a bizarre (good bizarre) blend of historical novel, romance, sci-fi, fantasy and adventure that you think it couldn’t possibly work, but it did.
I raced through the whole book in about a day and a half and it really left me wanting more. The sequel has just been released and even though it’s £6 on Amazon (and I’m incredibly tight-fisted with books) I’m actually seriously considering splashing out.
The plot is really something else. There’s romance and mystery and suspense and war and more romance. It’s not very introspective, but that’s absolutely fine. Pile on the plot points, that’s what I say.
Katherine and Matthew are great characters, and in each lifetime I was gagging for them to get it together. Katherine is really strong and feisty and she knows exactly what she wants and goes right out to get it. And Matthew’s such a sweetheart. There’s something really hot about men who love strong women.
And the plot! Did I mention the plot? Honestly - there is so much plot, there were times I felt dizzy. Despite the fact that the story dots backwards and forwards in time, as well as having a central timeline (which is the 2039 one) I never lost track of what was going on.
The only thing I would say is that sometimes the dialogue felt anachronistic. I realise that, grand scheme, this is a small thing to pick up on bearing in mind all the crazy genre-bending that goes on, but it did jar a bit. The way Katherine and Matthew spoke to each other in 1754 especially didn’t ring true. Also, there were a couple of plot points that were left hanging. I don’t always have to have everything spelled out to me, but I was left really confused about exactly why Katherine and Matthew kept being reborn. It felt like it was a computer program, except you never actually find out. As I said, the sequel to The Next Together has just been released, so hopefully it gets explained there.
Despite this, I would really recommend this book. It was so full of action and romance that I seriously couldn’t put it down.