Westlake Soul

Westlake Soul

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by Rio Youers
     
 

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"All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag . . ."

Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and

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"All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag . . ."

Meet Westlake Soul, a twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can’t move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus—a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life—of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover . . . to slip his enemy’s cold embrace before it’s too late?

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Publishers Weekly
In this wry, heartbreaking fantasy, Youers (Dark Dreams, Pale Horses) explores the dark landscape of a healthy mind trapped in an unresponsive body. A tragic accident—“the ultimate wipeout”—left 23-year-old surfing champion Westlake Soul in an unresponsive vegetative state, but it didn’t cripple his mind. Wes can read the minds of others, including his parents, passing birds, and the family dog. But with this superhero ability comes a deadly archenemy: Dr. Quietus, a sleek, dark figure who chases Wes “through the rain-slick streets of my coma.” Wes knows he is running out of time, as his parents have decided to remove his feeding tube and let him die. But Wes still has one thing left to do: punish Wayne, his gentle caregiver’s abusive boyfriend. His body losing strength, Wes fights to win one last battle. Youers deftly captures the voice and raw emotion of a young man struggling to delay the inevitable. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927469064
Publisher:
ChiZine
Publication date:
04/15/2012
Sold by:
Trajectory
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
378 KB
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Rio Youers has been praised by some of the most noteworthy names in the speculative fiction genre. He is the British Fantasy Award-nominated author of Old Man Scratch and End Times. His short fiction has been published by, among others, Edge Science Fiction&Fantasy, IDW, and PS Publishing. Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Lily Maye.

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Westlake Soul 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Westlake hospital
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. Westlake's story is painful and human and expertly woven, bringing tears to my eyes more than once. The book's language is unusual (eg. surfer jargon and pop culture references) but fitting as the entire narrative is from a 23 year old's point of view. I picked this up on a whim and am nothing but pleased with my choice.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Been a long time since I read anything that I finished in 2 days!