In my world, a web of space stations was built around the planet to save humanity from ~as of yet unspecified horrible disaster~. Now, it's been a thousand years, and the space stations have begun to disintegrate.
If my protagonist gets trapped inside a module which falls from the sky to earth, would there be any way he could survive reentry? Perhaps the stations are not too far from the surface (but then, they would have all long come down). Perhaps it falls into the water (but he probably can't swim, so perhaps it was shallow water?) Perhaps the module is very heavily built? I'm up for anything that doesn't completely beggar belief.