Book Review: What Stands in a Storm by Kim Cross

Posted March 13, 2015 by love2dazzle in Non-Fiction, Reviews / 0 Comments

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Book Review: What Stands in a Storm by Kim CrossWhat Stands in a Storm Published by Atria Books on March 10, 2015
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Author
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Immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling set you right in the middle of the horrific superstorm of April 2011, a weather event that killed 348 people.

April 27, 2011, marked the climax of a superstorm that saw a record 358 tornadoes rip through twenty-one states in three days, seven hours, and eighteen minutes. It was the deadliest day of the biggest tornado outbreak in recorded history, which saw 348 people killed, entire neighborhoods erased, and $11 billion in damage. The biggest of the tornadoes left scars across the land so wide they could be seen from space. But from the terrible destruction emerged everyday heroes, neighbors and strangers who rescued each other from hell on earth.

With powerful emotion and gripping detail, Cross weaves together the heart-wrenching stories of several characters--including three college students, a celebrity weatherman, and a team of hard-hit rescuers--to create a nail-biting chronicle in the Tornado Alley of America. No, it's not Oklahoma or Kansas; it's Alabama, where there are more tornado fatalities than anywhere in the US, where the trees and hills obscure the storms until they're bearing down upon you. For some, it's a story of survival, and for others it's the story of their last hours.

Cross's immersive reporting and dramatic storytelling sets you right in the middle of the very worst hit areas of Alabama, where thousands of ordinary people witnessed the sky falling around them. Yet from the disaster comes a redemptive message that's just as real: In times of trouble, the things that tear our world apart also reveal what holds us together.

“What Stands in a Storm” by Kim Cross is a very emotional read. This book tells the story of several tornadoes that destroyed several southern states in 2011. The history and facts of these storms are only a small portion of this book. This book goes through on how people survived the storm. People have to band together and help each other in the time of need.

This story is divided up into three parts. The first part is “The Storm.” The second part is “The Aftermath” and the third part is “The Recovery.” In the first part we meet the important people that will end up playing the lead roles of the story. Cross did a really good job in writing this book.

I don’t read a lot of non-fiction stories but I really enjoyed this one. It did have several sad parts. Dealing with a tornado sounds extremely scary. I have to say that I am lucky that I have never had to deal with one before. It is very interesting to read about how much damage tornadoes can do.


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Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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