Case first sees a shuriken in the window of a weapon’s store in Chiba. It appears again when Molly buys one for him (having seem him eyeing them), and then in the final pages of the novel when Molly uses Case’s shuriken to pin a goodbye note to the wall. The shuriken, a star-shaped metal weapon, makes Case think of “his destiny spelled out in a constellation of cheap chrome.” Although Case never uses it, the shuriken appears in moments when his life is changing, and a new beginning is around the corner. Shurikens, miniature stars weaponized and brought to earth, are signs of changes to come, indications that Case’s life is about to become radically different, for better or for worse.
The Neuromancer quotes below all refer to the symbol of Shuriken. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of Neuromancer published in 1984.).
The timeline below shows where the symbol Shuriken appears in Neuromancer. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.