ARC Review - The Journey of Jimini Renn by April Kelley - Available on Kindle Unlimited

Title:  The Journey of Jimini Renn

Author:  April Kelley

Genre:  M/M Dystopian

Length:  141 pages

Publisher:  April Kelly

Star Rating: 3


In a world without surface water, Jimini Renn wants nothing more than to live inside the protective walls of Adam City for the rest of his life, but his little brother has other ideas. 

As far as Jimini is concerned, Adam City has everything he needs. It has a well that provides much-needed water, food, and safety from the dangers of the outside world. When his bookworm of a brother leaves to chase waterfalls, Jimini must follow even though he knows it will probably mean his death. His chances of survival are grim when the first person he meets on the outside pulls a gun on him. No one who calls himself a slaver and has a gun has Jimini’s safety in mind, even if he is sexy. The journey Jimini expects isn’t the one he gets.


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Reviewer: Jeffery

The Journey of Jimini Renn is set in a dystopian world where water is scarce and the most valuable commodity. Most people believe that there is no surface water left anywhere in the world, and they spend their lives working and trading for water credits needed to survive. 

Jimini and his brother Aurri live in Adam City, a small settlement that is fenced off to protect the inhabitants from the outside world.  Jimini works to support his family by growing vegetables, and trades the produce from his garden for water credits. Aurri is a dreamer, and spends any available minute reading books about the world when water was plentiful and life was less hard. He is especially intrigued by one story that describes a place where there is cascading water. 

Aurri, drawn by the lure of cascading water, secretly slips out of Adam City and Jimini sets out to find him before something terrible happens. Along the way, he discovers a wounded man who turns out to Aaruth,  a slaver who tracks down criminals who have stolen from others or cheated them out of water credits.  The attraction between the two is immediate, although Jimini is leery of the man. Aaruth assures him that he only tracks down and captures people that have done something awful, such as stealing from others or cheating them out of water. Grateful for Jimini’s assistance, Aaruth agrees to help find Aurri and they set off on the adventure. 

The concept behind The Journey of Jimini Renn is wonderful and author April Kelley captured many nuances of characters and their relationships through the effective use of dialogue. At times, the language and wording is a little awkward, but this may have been intentional and a part of the overall creation of Jimini’s world. The relationship between the two brothers is nicely established from the very start of the book. .It is clear that although the Renn brothers are very different from each other, there are strong bonds of affection between them.  The secondary characters  are colorful and are entertaining, especially the grandmotherly Ester, and Jimini’s best friend, Bentee. 

I enjoyed the relationship between Jimini and Aaruth. The contrasts between Jimini, who has lived in a protected and isolated environment and Aaruth, who has lived a rough and dangerous life, makes for an interesting dynamic. However, I wanted more initial tension between them . If it had taken longer for Aaruth to win Jimini’s trust, their emerging relationship would have been more believable and their sexual attraction more intense.

Ultimately, I wanted more description of the characters themselves, of the hardships of their lives, and additional development of the contrasts between the safe environment of Adam City and the dangerous outside world. A sense of longing and an ever present thirst for moisture, change, learning and love would have made the story come alive with the sound of cascading water, and would have turned an enjoyable read into a great one. 

* Thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review *