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* RealSongThemeTune: Completely {{justified}}, as the novel is based on the album ''Wish Upon A Blackstar''.


''Act One: Purified'' introduces us to the world that Rezin inhabits. In the distant future, an impact by the asteroid Solaris has decimated Earth. After the dust settles, civilization hangs on by a thread; there remains one city for the few privileged, Megacity, and the rest of the human race must survive in the harsh Outlands. However, neither those living in luxury in Megacity or those struggling in the Outlands desire anything about the present, and so look to the past. To keep the people happy, Re:Memory offers citizens a glorious glimpse into the past, making a lucrative enterprise off selling "Retros," stored memories of those who lived before the end.

Enter Rezin, a man with a mysterious past who makes a living off slicing into Re:Memory's databanks and selling the copied memories on the black market. Rezin is the best in his career, amassing a veritable fortune of his endeavors, but one day he hacks into the wrong Retro, and find himself pursued by Kaine, the "benevolent" despot of Megacity. Forced to flee to the Outlands, Rezin embarks on an epic journey across space and time to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic [[TitleDrop Blackstars]].

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''Act One: Purified'' introduces us to the world that Rezin inhabits. In the distant future, an impact by the asteroid Solaris has decimated Earth. After the dust settles, civilization hangs on by a thread; there remains one city for the few privileged, Megacity, Central, and the rest of the human race must survive in the harsh Outlands. However, neither those living in luxury in Megacity Central or those struggling in the Outlands desire anything about the present, and so look to the past. To keep the people happy, Re:Memory offers citizens a glorious glimpse into the past, making a lucrative enterprise off selling "Retros," stored memories of those who lived before the end.

Enter Rezin, a man with a mysterious past who makes a living off slicing into Re:Memory's databanks and selling the copied memories on the black market. Rezin is the best in his career, amassing a veritable fortune of his endeavors, but one day he hacks into the wrong Retro, and find himself pursued by Kaine, the "benevolent" despot of Megacity.Central. Forced to flee to the Outlands, Rezin embarks on an epic journey across space and time to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic [[TitleDrop Blackstars]].



* DecadeDissonance: Between the luxurious [[MegaCity Megacity]] and the desolate Outlands.

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* DecadeDissonance: Between the luxurious [[MegaCity Megacity]] Central]] and the desolate Outlands.



* MechaMooks: The Scandroids, hovering robotic enforcers that act as the police for Megacity.
* MegaCity: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Megacity]], the last city on Earth. It's built over the ruins of [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Detroit]].

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* MechaMooks: The Scandroids, hovering robotic enforcers that act as the police for Megacity.
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* MegaCity: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Megacity]], Central, the last city on Earth. It's built over the ruins of [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Detroit]].



* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Kaine, the benevolent "arbiter" of Megacity. Consider witnessing a failed assassination attempt on him formed a significant event in Rezin's life, he's not as benevolent as he seems.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Kaine, the benevolent "arbiter" of Megacity.Central. Consider witnessing a failed assassination attempt on him formed a significant event in Rezin's life, he's not as benevolent as he seems.


** Actually Scandroid's Red (Klayton) and Raven (Varien) are from the Blackstar Universe. ''[[https://www.facebook.com/Scandroid/posts/177982309070833 This is the announcement poster]]'' for the concert Rezin attended to.

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** Actually Scandroid's Red (Klayton) and Raven (Varien) are from the Blackstar Universe. ''[[https://www.facebook.com/Scandroid/posts/177982309070833 This is the announcement poster]]'' for the concert Rezin attended to.


* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Red Hair]]: Rezin's shiny red mohawk. Notable because Rezin chooses to dye it that way himself, and his many disguises have it covered up as well.

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* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Red Hair]]: Rezin's shiny red mohawk. Notable because Rezin chooses to dye it that way himself, and his many disguises have it covered up as well.well.
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* VolcanicVeins: Kaine and the twins show off theirs at various points when hacking something intensely.
* WetwareCPU: Extremely common, as it's the only way to experience Retros properly.


* TheCracker: Rezin, making a comfortable living of stealing Retros from Re:Memory and selling them to the highest bidder.
* CreepyTwins: Vray and Bastion, the two twins pictured on the cover. They arrive on one of the mysterious Blackstars and seek out Rezin for the specific Retro he's acquired.



* LotusEaterMachine: Re:Memory makes a fortune off marketing these, selling "Retros" of idyllic memories of previous generations to their clients. The novel shows that memories like skill learning and schematics are available, but pleasurable Retros remain the most popular.
* MagicalComputer: Rezin's "Pulsar," a smartphone-like device he built that makes hacking into Re:Memory servers a breeze.



* MysticalWhiteHair: Both Vray and Bastian, the resident CreepyTwins, sport these.



* RobotGirl: Venus, Rezin's AI assistant. While Rezin programmed her himself, he based her physical appearance on a woman who tried (and failed) to assassinate Kaine. [[MsFanservice Her default appearance is completely naked, as well]].

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* ProphetEyes: Both Vray and Bastian exhibit these, completely white and also glowing.
* RealSongThemeTune: Completely {{justified}}, as the novel is based on the album ''Wish Upon A Blackstar''.
* RobotGirl: Venus, Rezin's affectionate AI assistant. While Rezin programmed her himself, he based her physical appearance on a woman who tried (and failed) to assassinate Kaine. [[MsFanservice Her default appearance is completely naked, as well]].


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* TitleDrop: Not only for the titular Blackstars, but the Klayton's Celldweller songs are also referred to as well.
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Kaine, the benevolent "arbiter" of Megacity. Consider witnessing a failed assassination attempt on him formed a significant event in Rezin's life, he's not as benevolent as he seems.


When [[Music/{{Celldweller}} Scott "Klayton" Albert]] produced his ''[[ConceptAlbum Wish Upon a Blackstar]]'' album, he envisioned an epic tale that spans across the cosmos and space. He did his best to narrate his story in his music, but it was ultimately too vague for a coherent story to form. Klayton, [[StartMyOwn the tenacious artist he is]], wasn't willing to let his story fade away, and decided to put his epic down into words. Enlisting the help of the award-winning author Joshua Viola, together they created the ''Blackstar'' [[{{Novelization}} series of novels]], the first act released along with a tie-in album on December 4, 2013.

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When [[Music/{{Celldweller}} Scott "Klayton" Albert]] produced his ''[[ConceptAlbum Wish Upon a Blackstar]]'' album, he envisioned an epic tale that spans across the cosmos and space. He did his best to narrate his story in his music, but it was ultimately too vague for a coherent story to form. Klayton, [[StartMyOwn the tenacious artist he is]], wasn't willing to let his story fade away, and decided to put his epic down into words. Enlisting the help of the award-winning author Joshua Viola, together they created the ''Blackstar'' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackstar_(novel) Blackstar]]'' [[{{Novelization}} series of novels]], the first act released along with a tie-in album on December 4, 2013.


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* AfterTheEnd: Set centuries after the impact with the asteroid Solaris decimated the Earth.
* ArtificialLimbs: Kaine needs a few, after a failed assassination attempt left him down an arm and leg.
* AuthorAvatar: Rezin (pictured above) ''is'' Klayton, from attitude to physical appearance.
* CallingCard: Rezin leaves a specific emoticon '''//_^)''' on systems he hacks, allowing one of his clients to recognize Rezin past his alias.
* CelebrityParadox: ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandroid Scandroid]]'' is another musical project by Klayton. Somehow, one of [[AuthorAvatar Rezin's]] earliest memories involves listening to one of their concerts, which would be a few centuries in the future after everyone involved would be dead.
* DecadeDissonance: Between the luxurious [[MegaCity Megacity]] and the desolate Outlands.
* MechaMooks: The Scandroids, hovering robotic enforcers that act as the police for Megacity.
* MegaCity: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Megacity]], the last city on Earth. It's built over the ruins of [[UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} Detroit]].
* {{Novelization}}: In a unique fashion, it's the book of the musical album, rather than of a movie.
* RobotGirl: Venus, Rezin's AI assistant. While Rezin programmed her himself, he based her physical appearance on a woman who tried (and failed) to assassinate Kaine. [[MsFanservice Her default appearance is completely naked, as well]].
* [[TieInNovel Tie-In Album]]: Klayton released a musical score along with the book, and buying the album came with a free copy of the book.
* [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair You Gotta Have Red Hair]]: Rezin's shiny red mohawk. Notable because Rezin chooses to dye it that way himself, and his many disguises have it covered up as well.


When Scott "Klayton" Albert produced his ''Wish Upon a Blackstar'' album, he envisioned an epic tale that spans across the cosmos and space. He did his best to narrate his story in his music, but it was ultimately too vague for a coherent story to form. Klayton, the tenacious artist he is, wasn't willing to let his story fade away, and decided to put his epic down into words. Enlisting the help of the award-winning author Joshua Viola, together they created the ''Blackstar'' series of novels, the first act released along with a tie-in album on December 4, 2013.

''Act One: Purified'' introduces us to the world that Rezin inhabits. In the distant future, an impact by the asteroid Solaris has decimated Earth entirely. After the dust settles, civilization hangs on by a thread; there remains one city for the few privileged, Megacity, and the rest of the human race must survive in the harsh Outlands. However, neither those living in luxury in Megacity or those struggling in the Outlands desire anything about the present, and so look to the past. To keep the people happy, Re:Memory offers citizens a glorious glimpse into the past, making a lucrative enterprise off selling "Retros," stored memories of those who lived before the end.

Enter Rezin, a man with a mysterious past who makes a living off slicing into Re:Memory's databanks and selling the copied memories on the black market. Rezin is the best in his career, amassing a veritable fortune of his endeavors, but one day he hacks into the wrong Retro, and find himself pursued by Kaine, the "benevolent" despot of Megacity. Forced to flee to the Outlands, Rezin embarks on an epic journey spanning the cosmos to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic [[TitleDrop Blackstars]].

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When [[Music/{{Celldweller}} Scott "Klayton" Albert Albert]] produced his ''Wish ''[[ConceptAlbum Wish Upon a Blackstar'' Blackstar]]'' album, he envisioned an epic tale that spans across the cosmos and space. He did his best to narrate his story in his music, but it was ultimately too vague for a coherent story to form. Klayton, [[StartMyOwn the tenacious artist he is, is]], wasn't willing to let his story fade away, and decided to put his epic down into words. Enlisting the help of the award-winning author Joshua Viola, together they created the ''Blackstar'' [[{{Novelization}} series of novels, novels]], the first act released along with a tie-in album on December 4, 2013.

''Act One: Purified'' introduces us to the world that Rezin inhabits. In the distant future, an impact by the asteroid Solaris has decimated Earth entirely.Earth. After the dust settles, civilization hangs on by a thread; there remains one city for the few privileged, Megacity, and the rest of the human race must survive in the harsh Outlands. However, neither those living in luxury in Megacity or those struggling in the Outlands desire anything about the present, and so look to the past. To keep the people happy, Re:Memory offers citizens a glorious glimpse into the past, making a lucrative enterprise off selling "Retros," stored memories of those who lived before the end.

Enter Rezin, a man with a mysterious past who makes a living off slicing into Re:Memory's databanks and selling the copied memories on the black market. Rezin is the best in his career, amassing a veritable fortune of his endeavors, but one day he hacks into the wrong Retro, and find himself pursued by Kaine, the "benevolent" despot of Megacity. Forced to flee to the Outlands, Rezin embarks on an epic journey spanning the cosmos across space and time to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic [[TitleDrop Blackstars]].

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When Scott "Klayton" Albert produced his ''Wish Upon a Blackstar'' album, he envisioned an epic tale that spans across the cosmos and space. He did his best to narrate his story in his music, but it was ultimately too vague for a coherent story to form. Klayton, the tenacious artist he is, wasn't willing to let his story fade away, and decided to put his epic down into words. Enlisting the help of the award-winning author Joshua Viola, together they created the ''Blackstar'' series of novels, the first act released along with a tie-in album on December 4, 2013.

''Act One: Purified'' introduces us to the world that Rezin inhabits. In the distant future, an impact by the asteroid Solaris has decimated Earth entirely. After the dust settles, civilization hangs on by a thread; there remains one city for the few privileged, Megacity, and the rest of the human race must survive in the harsh Outlands. However, neither those living in luxury in Megacity or those struggling in the Outlands desire anything about the present, and so look to the past. To keep the people happy, Re:Memory offers citizens a glorious glimpse into the past, making a lucrative enterprise off selling "Retros," stored memories of those who lived before the end.

Enter Rezin, a man with a mysterious past who makes a living off slicing into Re:Memory's databanks and selling the copied memories on the black market. Rezin is the best in his career, amassing a veritable fortune of his endeavors, but one day he hacks into the wrong Retro, and find himself pursued by Kaine, the "benevolent" despot of Megacity. Forced to flee to the Outlands, Rezin embarks on an epic journey spanning the cosmos to uncover the truth behind the enigmatic [[TitleDrop Blackstars]].

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