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->''"In this war, there are only two outcomes: [[HappilyEverAfter victory]] or [[WarIsHell madness]]."''

All around us, there's a hidden war being fought. One side wants to [[MindRape control our minds]] to create [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans utopia]], and the other is fighting for us to be miserable if we chose. It's being fought with state-of-the-art technology in the nano, in ''us.'' Our bodies. Our brains. And if any of the lose, it could mean madness for them.

''BZRK'', written by MichaelGrant (husband of Creator/KAApplegate, co-author of Literature/{{Animorphs}}, Literature/{{Everworld}}, and Literature/{{Remnants}} and author of {{Literature/Gone}}) is a ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids ostensibly]]) YoungAdult series about a group of freedom fighters fighting against the Armstrong twins in a micro-war to save human free will. Teenagers Noah and Sadie are recruited after both are dragged into the war after family tragedies and they find themselves in a high-tech conspiracy where there's even doubt on whether or not the ''good guys'' are all that good.

''BZRK Reloaded'' is the second novel in the trilogy released Fall 2013, which deals with the devastating aftermath of the first novel. The third and final novel, ''BZRK Apocalypse'', is set for release in 2014.

The series is also [[Administrivia/ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability notable]] for expanding the world of the novel with extensive [[AlternateRealityGame transmedia]] projects. The ARG, Nexus Humanus is [[http://nexushumanus.com/ here]], with the official website being [[http://gobzrk.com/ here]].

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!!Tropes:

* AManIsNotAVirgin: Vincent, who despite his anhedonia is explicitly stated in the book to be, well, not asexual.
* ActionGirl: All the girls to be major characters. (Which is to say Sadie, Ophelia, Wilkes, and One-Up.)
* AndIMustScream:
** Bug Man had a fantasy: he wanted to take one of Vincent's biots alive and haul it out into the macro. Keep it alive and play with it for a while. As Vincent went slowly mad.
** ''BZRK Reloaded'' reveals that Jessica was somewhat aware that she was wired/brainwashed by Bug Man, but couldn't quite grasp her situation.
* AntiHero: Vincent, who [[spoiler:killed a woman in the first chapter in which he appeared,]] which did nothing to reassure the reader that the side of the biotic twitchers was the 'good' side, which leads to...
* ApologisesALot: Tony, the boy that Sadie goes to the football game with at the beginning of the novel.
* BadassGay: Nijinsky.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In a way, with the deformed Armstrong twins, who are very much not good. Played straight with Stone, who was described as handsome and had too short a scene to be anything other than neutral or good.
* BigDamnHeroes: Caligula [[spoiler:when he runs in on the scene where Sadie and Noah are receiving their biots.]] Wilkes, [[spoiler:when she saves Vincent from having his biots killed in Anya's body.]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality: The Armstrong Gift Corporation is pretty evil, but BZRK (the good guys) pretty much do anything in order to defeat them.
* BodyHorror: Lots of gruesome descriptions, and also the Armstrong twins are described as grotesque and they share one eyeball. The general body horror is noted by Sadie, who is greatly disturbed by what Noah might have seen in her body while looking through the eyes of his biots.
** Ophelia [[spoiler:gets both feet blown off in an explosion at the end of the novel.]]
* {{Brainwashed}}: Anya and Jessica, who were both programmed by Vincent and Bug Man, respectively, to "love" them. Vincent so he can get access to Anya's technology, Bug Man for selfish reasons. Vincent at least tries not to take advantage of Anya.
-->'''Anya''': And whether or not it's real, Vincent, whether it's my true desires or something you've done to me, in the end, there's no difference.
-->'''Vincent''': There is to me.
* BringMyBrownPants: A poor guy soils himself in fear when [[spoiler: the ETA agents raid BZRK Washington D.C. and Billy the Kid lays waste to his fellow agents]].
* CainAndAbel: Averted. Stone is wistfully envious of Sadie's freedom but is not resentful in any way.
* ChildSoldiers: All of the teenage members of BZRK, the main ones being Noah, Sadie, and Vincent. Bug Man, as well.
* CoupDeGrace: Caligula tells Sadie to shoot the man she accidentally [[GroinAttack shot in the balls]]. When she refuses, he shoots the man in the head.
* DeadpanSnarker: Nijinksy. More snarker than deadpan.
-->'''Lebowski''': Tell me your name.
-->'''Nijinsky''': Santino Corleone.
-->'''Lebowski''': That's very cute. Funny, you don't look Italian.
-->'''Nijinsky''': You're very observant.
-->'''Lebowski''': ''[[spoiler:(smacks him with a club)]]'' [[InterchangeableAsianCultures What are you, Chinese? Korean?]]
-->'''Nijinsky''': I thought I was Italian.
** and this:
-->'''Vincent''': [[FauxYay Jin, take my hand.]]
-->'''Nijinsky''': Oh, how I've waited for this moment.
* DontMakeMeDestroyYou: Caligula to Anya.
-->'''Caligula''': Now, listen to me, whoever the hell you are. Vincent over there doesn't want me to kill you. But if I have the slightest trouble with you -- any trouble at all -- I will ignore young Vincent and shoot you.
* [[spoiler: DownerEnding:]] [[spoiler: BZRK fails their objective to protect the president. Ophelia has her legs blown off and has apparently gone mad. Vincent loses a biot and falls into a depression. At least everyone is alive, more or less.]]
* EyeScream: The best way for a biot in get into the brain is through the the eyeball, so not only do we get lots of eerie descriptions of eyes, but eye violence later such as ''jamming fingers into someone's eyeball.''
* FauxYay: [[HoYay Nijinsky and Vincent.]] Gotta keep the bad guys off their scent, after all.
* [[FeelNoPain Feel No Pleasure:]] Oh, Vincent.
* FiveBadBand: The Armstrong Cooperation forms a loose one.
** TheBigBad: The Armstrong twins
** TheBrute: Sugar
** TheDarkChick: One-Up
** TheDragon: Bug Man
** TheEvilGenius: Burnofsky
* FleshVersusSteel: Biots versus nanos.
* {{Foil}}: Wilkes and Ophelia, Vincent and Nijinsky.
* FriendsWithBenefits: [[spoiler: Wilkes and Renfield.]]
* GroinAttack: Sadie accidentally shoots a man in the crotch. Caligula [[CoupDeGrace mercy kills]].
* GrossUpCloseUp: Depiction-wise. The "meat" is not a beautiful place.
* TheHedonist: Nijinsky, as a stark contrast to Vincent. Other characters hint that he really enjoys seeking pleasure.
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Vincent, by the end, when he has one of his Biots killed.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Possibly Vincent and Nijinsky. Especially when they're [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple arguing]] about whether to [[spoiler:send Keats and Plath in on a direct attack on the Twins]]. Vincent addresses Nijinsky by the name Shane, which [[YaoiFangirl some]] might move up to HoYay. YMMV though.
* HeWhoMustNotBeSeen: Lear, who is mentioned and deferred to, but does not appear once throughout the entire first book.
** Unless you think Lear is Tatiana Featherstonehaugh. (Never confirmed, and sort of unlikely, but Vincent suspected and she was doing something really important.)
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: Anya to Vincent, in a way.
* IfIWantedYouDead: Vincent to Sadie when he's in her bathroom.
-->'''Vincent''': ''[with a pen blade up against Sadie's heart]'' If I were here to kill you, you'd be long dead by now.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Caligula. In the first two pages he's introduced, he shoots a man in the forehead, follows it up by shooting another man in the windpipe, and then mercy kills another man ''without looking in his direction.''
* InitiationCeremony: Noah's is particularly distressing.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Lampshaded with Nijinsky, a Chinese-American. See the above conversation in DeadpanSnarker.
* JustInTime: Caligula, in the disaster that happens when Sadie and Noah are receiving their biots. [[spoiler:Renfield is dead and Vincent has a gun to his head. Caligula appears with a pistol and an axe and offs three people in quick succession to save Vincent, Sadie, and Noah.]]
* LadySwearsALot: A minor character, Little Cora, according to Noah.
* MadnessMantra: Noah's brother Alex in the first chapter. He is handcuffed to keep from moving, and repeats "nano nano nano" over and over ... until he gets to "berserk berserk berserk". It's chilling to the reader and only gets worse when the reader realizes that if any of the twitchers' biots die, this is what they become.
* MeaningfulName: The whole point of their ''noms de guerre'.
* MercyKill: When [[spoiler:Vincent is about to have his biots killed]], he requests that Caligula kill him rather than allow him to go mad.
-->[[spoiler:'''Vincent''']]: Madness or death. Make it death.
** [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* MindControlConspiracy: The whole premise.
* NakedFirstImpression: When Vincent first meets Sadie, she's in the bathtub. He does not realize this until Sadie points this out, leading to this whole scene being a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* NomDeGuerre: Everyone on the biot side has one, named after famous figures who descended into madness or were mad to begin with; [[Creator/SylviaPlath Plath]], [[Creator/JohnKeats Keats]], [[Theatre/TheRiteOfSpring Nijinsky]], [[Creator/VincentVanGogh Vincent]], [[Literate/{{Misery}} Wilkes]], [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Ophelia]], [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Renfield]], [[EmperorCaligula Caligula]], and [[Theatre/KingLear Lear]]. We do, however, know most of the twitchers' real names during their point of views (with the exception of Ophelia, Caligula, Lear, and other minor characters such as Dr. Pound). Bug Man's real name is given as well, and the reader learns of Alex Cotton's real name before his identity as [[spoiler: Kerouac]] is revealed.
* OffWithHisHead: Caligula [[spoiler:chops Renfield's head off in four blows]] in order to keep the biots from being discovered. However, [[spoiler:Renfield]] is already dead when it happens.
* OpiumDen: The China Bone where Burnofsky goes.
* {{Patricide}}: The Armstrong Twins mention smothering their father to death with a pillow.
* PuppeteerParasite: The nano machines.
* ReallyGetsAround[=/=]AllGaysArePromiscuous: Nijinsky is hinted to be wanton a couple of times in the books. Burnofsky taunts him about that fact and reveals Nijinsky's father kicked him out as a teenager when he saw Nijinsky bent over "entertaining" a cable repairman.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler:Dietrich]], as Nijinsky finds out. Much to his delight.
* RichBitch: Subverted and lampshaded with Sadie.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Inverted, because it is [[spoiler:Plath]] to [[spoiler:Keats]].
* StraightGay: Nijinsky. Aside from the fact he's a SharpDressedMan, there's no real indication (with the exception of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaslav_Nijinsky his name]], which most readers would not have picked up anyway) that he's gay until later in the novel.
** Also, possibly Ophelia. Though in the first book, it's not explicitly stated. However, she does say, "I don't hit on boys," in response to Wilkes asking whether she's hit on Vincent. A few pages later, when they are discussing what comes after death, Wilkes says, "A bunch of hot guy virgins ... A couple girls, too, maybe, just because life is short and try everything, right?" which Ophelia pointedly ignores.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Pretty cynical. Neither side is wholly good.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: [[spoiler:Plath again about above mentioned SheIsNotMyGirlfriend]]
* ThemeNaming: The biotic twichers name themselves after famous people in history who went mad. It's meant to remind them that [[{{Tagline}} their only outcomes are victory or madness.]]
* TheStoic: Vincent, countered by pleasure-seeking Nijinksy. Vincent suffers from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhedonia anhedonia]], and cannot feel pleasure.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Wilkes and Ophelia, respectively, who are foils.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: When the events of the book actually take place is never really said, but apart from the nanomachines everything is pretty much exactly the same as present day. There are casual references to modern pop culture (the {{Saw}} series of movies, for one) and things like Starbucks, but none of the mentioned heads of state match up with their current real-life counterparts, either.
** Really, the only reason we know it's in the future at all is because of the official summary on the Copyright page.
* TwoferTokenMinority: Nijinsky is Asian and gay.
* UptownGirl: In a way. Sadie is wealthy, but Noah is a poor British boy. There is less focus on their financial aspects, but that might only be because they have bigger fish to fry.
* WhenSheSmiles: Ophelia. According to Sadie, she has a smile that lights up the room.
* WillNotTellALie: Vincent to Sadie and Noah.
-->'''Vincent''': I need both of you to trust me. I don't meant that I'd ''like'' you to trust me. I mean that I ''need'' you to trust me. For that reason, I will never lie to you. If you were ever to catch me in a lie, you would never fully trust me again. So I will never lie.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Caligula. Another CrowningMomentOfFunny.
-->'''Caligula''': Don't accidentally shoot me. I will resent it.

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