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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 23-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. Quietusa, 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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  • Harpdude
  • 2021-09-13

A MUST read!

this book is so amazing! I'm sure I will be thinking about it for a long time to come! Yes, you need to read it!

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  • Paul Preston
  • 2020-11-12

Trapped in your head

This one may pull some heart strings. It is so well written and the characters are deep.
Westlake can not move. Totally dependent on family and a caregiver to feed, bathe, and 100% take care of him. The only thing Wes can do after a surfing accident took everything from him but his life, is think. Think and send out his mind. Wes can telepathically travel wherever he wants and he can speak with his dog.
Wes, his family, his friends, his caregiver, and most importantly, his dog, Hubba-Hubba, try to come to grips and continue with their lives while Wes is trying to even wiggle a finger.
Come keep Wes company while his family debates his future and he communicates in a fun and insightful way with his dog.

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  • FanFiAddict
  • 2020-02-13

Absolutely Stunning

I first discovered Rio’s writing last year when I was given an ARC of his then newest novel ‘The Forgotten Girl’. It ended up being one of my Top 20 Reads of 2017 and vaulted him to ‘must-read’ status. Westlake Soul further cements that sentiment and puts him as one of my favorite authors today. Emotionally gripping and terrifying, yet breathtakingly beautiful in its execution, Westlake Soul is one of the best novels I have ever read.

Westlake Soul. Twenty-three years old and in the prime of his life, at least until a horrific surfing accident turns him into a vegetable. With his girlfriend moved on and his family trying to cope with the hand they’re dealt, Westlake spends his days talking to the family dog, getting sponge baths from his caretaker, and constantly dueling with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Quietus, who is basically the embodiment of Death itself. Oh, did I mention Westlake is a genius?

“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 . . .”

Yeah, I wasn’t lying about talking to the family dog, though talking is stretching the truth a bit. It is more of a mind thing, you know, because dogs can’t really talk and Westlake can only grunt every so often. People always say they wish they could understand what their dog is thinking. Truth is, it is probably exactly what you expect.

Also, that thing about dueling Dr. Quietus, again true. Dr. Quietus is the embodiment of all horrors, ready to strike when the time is right but beating Westlake down every chance he gets. These interactions often become quite graphic, always formulating into intense fight scenes between good and evil.

Where Rio really shines is character development. Westlake is one of the most fascinating characters I have ever come across, yet he is just like you and me. He yearns for the day when he can be whole again yet is constrained to a chair with a feeding tube, but he is highly optimistic and humorous enough that the reader isn’t just emotionally drained by his predicament by the end of the novel. I can’t imagine what it is like having a healthy (and powerful) mind but being trapped in a practically dead body, just awaiting the inescapable end, but I would assume it is something like this (minus the super-genius part).

All in all, Westlake Soul is a fantastic piece of literature and will more than likely go on the ‘read again’ shelf. I also have to give props to Evan Greenberg on the narration, for giving Westlake the voice he deserved and providing excellent pacing throughout the novel.

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  • kristabela
  • 2018-08-06

Beautiful

Every word is perfectly placed. This book is masterful, heart wrenching, purest poetry. Easily an all time favorite.

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  • Derek
  • 2016-11-20

powerful. heart-kicking.

westlake soul is diagnosed as being in a vegetative state on page 1. the adventure begins there, but it is a deeply personal, surreal, charming, romantic, loving, frightening trip with some of the tension hard to bear. really powerful. reminds me of michael chabon's kavalier and clay.