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Awaken the Stars is a series of Action/Science Fiction books by Jer Keene.

The series consists of:

  • Ashlesha, first published November 21st 2016.
  • Vishakha
  • Aparajita

Rex Tjin left the military after losing one of his siblings to the war, and since then he's been trying to figure out what to do with his life. Meeting Euan Ambrus might be the beginning of an answer, because they just fit together. Unfortunately, it also brings Rex and his family into an unexpected conflict with an organization within the federal governement. At least the whole family is used to weird and is far from without ressources...


Awaken the Stars provides examples of:

  • Booby Trap: Ella transformed her own house into one.
  • Bungled Suicide: Khodī Som, after his squad was killed in Iraq. Due to ETKC-51, instead of dying after shooting himself in the skull, he woke up 5 minutes later.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Jasper Fox after he was doubled-dosed with ETKC-51.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Basically everyone in the cast suffered some form of trauma at some point. It's worth noting that the vast majority of the relationships (familial or otherwise) depicted are healthy despite this trope.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Jasper Fox didn't have a choice, but still ends up quite the antagonist.
  • Handicapped Badass: Eric Som. He's missing a leg, two fingers and most of the sight in one eye but that hasn't stopped him from escaping from and staying a few step ahead of the US Government for 11 years.
  • Mindlink Mates: Rex and Euan eventually develop a mental connection as their relationship strengthens.
  • Older Than They Look: Both Euan Ambrus and Django Whetū are in their 80s but look like they're in their 30's due to ETKC-51 slowing their ageing.
  • Papa Wolf: Django's response to Fox killing his son Khodī̂ is to empty 9 bullets into him.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Eric Som. After being taken as a Prisoner of War for 8 months, he returned to find out he had been declared legally dead. He then had to spend the next 11 years on the run, unable to inform his family of his living status.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: Kai ‘Aukai's preferred weapon of choice is a shotgun.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": Kai and Khodi both use nicknames that are way shorter than their full names (respectively "Ki te Muri kā" and "Khỏi khôn đi Som"). Overlaps with The Unpronounceable because, while their names would be pronounceable by people speaking the languages these names come from, the characters live in the USA.
  • Superpowerful Genetics: All of Django's kids inherited some form of power from him.
  • Super Serum: ETKC-51, a drug used by the department to create specialised agents for the stated purpose of defending the United States of America.
  • Tragic Monster:Jasper Fox after he was doubled-dosed with ETKC-51.
  • Twin Telepathy: Ella and Eric shared a mental link of some sort before Eric died. It didn't help Ella's trauma of losing her twin. For a while she even kept saying that she could still feel him, leading to most people (eventually including herself) thinking she had totally lost her marbles. Turns out she was not mad and was really feeling Eric.
  • The Vietnam Vet: Django and Euan both fought in Vietnam, and while they were not exactly naive before this war, it definitely solidified their cynicism.
  • When Elders Attack: Django Whetū might be in his 90's but he is still very much capable of kicking ass and taking names. Having the body of a much younger man probably helps though.