Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

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Cover of Earthlings by Sayaka Murata
Author(s) Sayaka Murata
Published August 31, 2018
Publisher Granta Books
Genre(s) Horror
Magical Realism
Age group Adult

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata is an adult horror novel, originally published on August 31, 2018.

Trigger Warnings

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  • Abusive family
    Both Natsuki's mother, older sister and father are incredibly verbally abusive to her. Yuu is also abused at home, with some abuse being implied to be sexual in nature. There are implications that Tomoyama, Natsuki's husband might have been abused by his mother.
  • Cannibalism
    The book goes into detail about how they prep and kill the body.
  • Child sexual abuse
    Natsuki is abused twice throughout the book by her cram school teacher in multiple graphic scenes.
  • Incest
    Yuu and Natsuki, who are cousins, engage in a sexual relationship. Another character talks about engaging in a sexual relationship with both his brother and his dying grandfather.
  • Gaslighting
    Natsuki's mother tells her that her experienced abuse is in her head and that she is making things up for attention
  • Grooming
  • Mental abuse
  • Murder
    Of an abuser
  • Pedophilia
    The character is loved by the community, so victims are not believed.</ref>
  • Rape
    Oral, on-page
  • Underage sex between two children


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Japanese main and side characters


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