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Physical impossibilities? (spoiler alert)
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
Though the story itself made for a good, fast read, I was struck by some unlikely scenarios. First, how come the sewer dwellers didn’t suffer from myriad health problems caused by poor nutrition, unsanitary conditions, and hypothermia? Second, at the end, how could a drowning woman (Ella) with a head injury have the mental and physical ability to realize what Sadie needed to survive, dig into her soggy pockets(?) to retrieve them, and give them to Sadie with her dying breath? And, because surely the id card wasn’t laminated, how come it survived in usable condition? The author coyly ceases identifying Ella and Sadie’s voices, so that readers are led to believe that Sadie has died. Cheap trick!