"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?
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.
It's not often you can listen to a an entire book in one sitting. But this, even though it was over 7 hours long, was no problem. The journey was beautiful and engaging in every way. Every line shines. And the performance? well all I can say is it was lived. It's that good.
More people need to hear about Rio Youers. I am blown away.
I might just hit the play button again.