Reviewed By Benjamin Ookami
In Scott Archer Jones’s A Rising Tide of People Swept Away, Jones has several characters living their seemingly simple lives in Albuquerque’s District Two from the summer of 2009 to the fall of 2010. A boy named GMR seems to be in everyone’s thoughts, but a much more troubling problem arises at a certain point: a councilman who sees statistics as the absolute truth wants to build a bridge that will change many of these people’s lives if they don’t find a way to stop it.
Readers will meet a lot of individuals with their own unique personalities throughout the book. Most of these characters end up at an establishment called Rip’s Bar and Package Liquor at one point or another. For the novel’s main conflict, there’s the deal with Benjamin Taylor, the councilman. The people who are against building the bridge form an organization that will come to be known as AABBA. Benjamin Taylor, the main antagonist, has a rather convincing argument for why the AABBA poses no threat to him. Jones puts a great deal of effort into illustrating the setting of this novel for the reader in the inaugural chapter. The characters are this novel’s major strength. The moral of this story is simple: anything can happen. I enjoyed it like a drinker enjoying a drink at Rip’s.