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Westlake Soul by Rio Youers EARLY REVIEW

Westlake Soul by Rio Youers 

Egalley thanks to ChiZine Publications

Synopsis from Goodreads
"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?
Release Date: 10th April 2012

 Amazon  US/UK | The Book Depository US/UK

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 So, I opened this book expecting a light superhero's story. Not so much.

I would never ever look at or think of people who are stuck in a permanent vegetative stage in the same way I used to look them. And that's what this powerful heart wrenching book did to me.

Westlake is a former golden boy, talented surfer and a charming person generally loved by all. He's got a girlfriend whom he loves deeply and who he thinks is his future Mrs. Soul. He's got his best friend, his cool dog Hub and his family. Until an accident on a surfing board damages his brain to the extent where he slips into a coma and becomes a vegetable.

What it would be like if your soul and brain, your subconscious could astral project all over the world, if you could feel everything and read people's thoughts but could not physically express any of yours? A permanent hell, that even Westlake's cheerfulness can't overcome.

He's been like this for two years, travelling all over the world with his mind, speaking with animals, especially with his dog and fighting Dr.Quietus which I presume is his definition of death, but now his parents decide to switch off his life support which means his feeding tube is taken out and  he slowly starves to death.

It's excruciatingly painful and Westlake has only up to 2 weeks of life left to try and come back or he is going down.

I was nearly sobbing by the end, he was so beautiful, our Mr Soul! His perception of people around him, his nurses or caretakers, his grief stricken parents and their tearful goodbyes were almost too much to bear.

The end... The end leaves you on the edge of desperately trying to believe in miracles. I really don't know what happened beyond the last sentence and I'm not sure I want to know.

This is one of those books that stays with you forever. Beyond amazing. Tearful. Grand.

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Мамочки! Я еле-еле сдерживала слёзы под конец этой неописуемой книги.

Я открыла первую страницу Вестлэйк Соул, ожидая лёгкой истории о супергероях, а взамен получила потрясающую грагикомедию со слов молодого парня, чья жизнь закончилась два года назад, когда несчастный случай на сёрфбординге повредил его мозг, и теперь Вестлэйк как растение - он дышит, его желудок переваривает пищу, которая поставляется в его тело через трубочку, но ни его мозг ни его тело не могут физически ни на что среагировать.

Подсознание Вестлэйка может астрально спроектировать его по всему миру, он телепатически общается с животными и читает мысли и чувства окружающих его людей, но не может это никак показать, пока его родители не принимают решение выключить его систему питания, что означает что Вестлэйк медленно и мучительно умрёт от голода.

Теперь у него осталось всего две недели, чтобы побудить свой мозг вернуться к жизни и избежать своей немезиды - Доктора Кваетуса, под которым как я понимаю, имеется в виду аллегория смерти. 

Вестлэйк должен найти в себе силы вернуться посреди горьких  прощаний его семьи, которая медленно распадается от горя, и концовка... почти что заставляет нас поверить в чудеса, только вот книга заканчивается так, что можно её трактовать двояко, и я честно говоря не знаю, что произошло на самом деле и был ли у Вестлэйка шанс вообще или нет? Но я и не хочу этого знать.

Одна из тех потрясающих книг, что остаются с нами надолго и оставляют свой след в наших душах. Сердечно рекомендую.


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