First of all I would like to thank George at Granta Books for being so kind and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Earthlings By Sayaka Murata and translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori and centres on (official blurb): “Natsuki isn’t like the other girls. She has a wand and a transformation mirror. She might be a witch, or an alien from another planet. Together with her cousin Yuu, Natsuki spends her summers in the wild mountains of Nagano, dreaming of other worlds. When a terrible sequence of events threatens to part the two children forever, they make a promise: survive, no matter what. Now Natsuki is grown. She lives a quiet life with her asexual husband, surviving as best she can by pretending to be normal. But the demands of Natsuki’s family are increasing, her friends wonder why she’s still not pregnant, and dark shadows from Natsuki’s childhood are pursuing her. Fleeing the suburbs for the mountains of her childhood, Natsuki prepares herself with a reunion with Yuu. Will he still remember their promise? And will he help her keep it?”
My first thoughts when finishing this book was what the hell did I just read!!! I started this one on Wednesday night and ended up finishing it before I went to bed. I mean if you read this book you will understand when I say I had to find out what the hell was going on and also what the hell was going to happen in the end! 🤯😬
This book contains multiple trigger warnings. So just be prepared if you’re thinking about picking it up.
I’ve read both of Sayaka Murata’s books that have been translated into English and this woman never ceases to amaze me. She has such a way with words. Whilst Convenience Store Woman is still my favourite out of the two I’m still glad I read this one and I cannot wait to read more of her books in the future once more are translated 🤞🏻
Survive, whatever it takes.Earthlings, Sayaka Murata
Have you read any of Sayaka Murata’s books?
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