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    As a child, Natsuki doesn’t fit into her family. Her parents favor her sister, and her best friend is a plush toy hedgehog named Piyyut who has explained to her that he has come from the planet Popinpobopia on a special quest to help her save the Earth. Each summer, Natsuki counts down the days until her family drives into the mountains of Nagano to visit her grandparents in their wooden house in the forest, a place that couldn’t be more different from her grey commuter town. One summer, her cousin Yuu confides to Natsuki that he is an extraterrestrial and that every night he searches the sky for the spaceship that might take him back to his home planet. Natsuki wonders if she might be an alien too.

    Back in her city home, Natsuki is scolded or ignored and even preyed upon by a young teacher at her cram school. As she grows up in a hostile, violent world, she consoles herself with memories of her time with Yuu and discovers a surprisingly potent inner power. Natsuki seems forced to fit into a society she deems a “baby factory,” but even as a married woman she wonders if there is more to this world than the mundane reality everyone else seems to accept. The answers are out there, and Natsuki has the power to find them.

    Dreamlike, sometimes shocking, and always strange and wonderful, Earthlings asks what it means to be happy in a stifling world and cements Sayaka Murata’s status as a master chronicler of the outsider experience and our own uncanny universe. 

    ©2018 Sakaya Murata (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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    Gory and disturbing. A modern masterpiece.

    A very strange and unsettling story with a cast of weird characters and some disturbing topics laid bare. This novel is both shocking and strangely satisfying as it takes you outside of your comfort zone.

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    • B. Vanhise
    • 08/12/2020

    Wild ride! And not for the faint of heart!

    I listened to Murata's previous short novel, Convenience Store Woman and really enjoyed it. Earthlings explores some similar themes but with far more brutal force and shocking scenes (child rape, incest, and cannibalismto name a few). Despite these strong scenes, I enjoyed the story and Wu's narration is great. Curious to see what Murata will come up with next!

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    • C. Parham
    • 01/01/2021

    Intriguing but disturbing

    May contain triggers! In this book, a charming, wonderful, imaginative child experiences severe emotional and verbal abuse from her mother and sister and neglect from her father. This results in isolation, de-realization, and sets her up to be vulnerable to being sexually abused by a teacher, which sends her into a psychotic episode. She is never able to recover and there are many repercussions. The results of this are described very well, including her persistent isolation. She continues as an engaging character. As the reader continues to sympathize with her and the other wounded people she finds, we are taken further down a well of unreality resulting in a gruesome finale, which the main character can not fully understand as she slips into and out of psychosis. Readers should be aware that anyone who has experienced verbal or emotional abuse, or sexual abuse especially as a child, may be triggered by this story. Unforgettable characters.

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    • Fishwich
    • 03/12/2020

    Unusual

    Bizzare, shocking, macabre, hallucinatory. But not in a negative way. However this story won't be for everyone

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    • Utilisateur anonyme
    • 10/01/2021

    please please create a sequel with a happy ending

    it was great, except the ending. if your considering this book just end it a chapter early and it's awesome btw. but for people like myself... please create a happy ending. Perhaps the main character gets a job in a convience store

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    • Jessica Zhang
    • 20/12/2020

    This Book Needs Trigger Warnings for Child Abuse

    This book needs to include trigger warnings for child abuse. The author approaches the topic adeptly, so adeptly that the child abuse suddenly dawns upon you and is quite shocking.

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    • rpgwestern
    • 29/03/2021

    Bizarre but so compelling!

    Listened to it all in three days! The story is so unsettling but the author does such a great job rationalizing the disturbing things the characters do. It made me ponder deeply not only society and taboos, but also what it means to be human.

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    • Misty L. Nagata
    • 23/03/2021

    Unexpectedly Interesting and yet disturbingly engrossing

    Everyone who takes the chance to write about the “abnormal taboo” takes a risk. I am in awe of Sayaka Murata and her very subtle weaving of the story, it’s characters and the hidden yet exposed nuances of mental illness disguised by conformity. The metaphors and imagery intermingled with the seemingly innocent twists and turns make the reader/listener grapple with the vivid jabs at society and social expectations. There were many times I gasped out loud at the shocking actions of the characters. Not for the prudish or faint of heart but interesting and thought provoking!!

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    • monica wolfson
    • 13/03/2021

    Excellent and gripping

    Another masterpiece by Sakaya, beautifully read and written by Lucy Yu. Very dark and intense, loved every minute. Highly recommended. Run and grab the book, you won’t be sorry.

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    • Vi
    • 22/04/2021

    Just no

    Great performance by Nancy Wu, but the story flies of the rails very quickly and the ending is just *abhorrent*