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YA Portal Fantasy
756 word summary
Eryn Kingsly lives in the city of New Soleil. At the end of school, she looks forward to seeing her best friend Celeste on the weekends to hang out. However, that night, her grandmother dies, so Eryn must go with her parents for the funeral. She looks for sympathy from Celeste, but is told she shouldn’t get dragged into other people’s sadness. Because of this advice, Eryn avoids her mother after the funeral.
In her grandmother’s bedroom she finds a letter written by “Alice” talking about Underland. Eryn also finds a bracelet. When she puts it on, she becomes dizzy and faints. She comes to and is in an upside-down world. Soon, she is apprehended Ace of Hearts who is a soldier that mistakes her for Alice and takes her to the Red Queen. The Red Queen takes Eryn’s bracelet, becomes angry, and throws Eryn into a room with desserts, ordering her to eat them. Despite her conscience telling her not to, the sweet scent makes Eryn eat until she falls asleep.
Then, a man in a white suit called Everet rescues her and is the first one to realize she is not Alice. He takes her to Cheshire, a middle-aged man, who might know why she is here. Over food and drink, Cheshire explains what he thinks must have happened to her. He says there are three realms, Underland, Uppland, and Middland with Middland sandwiched in between. For anyone to get in or out of Middland, they must have a special key. The bracelet was one of the keys and Eryn used all the power to get here. Eryn then learns about the Jabberwocky and how it is the manifestation of madness that is terrorizing the residents of Uppland and Underland. Cheshire believes Eryn has something called “the alyce” which is not only a key into Middland but also the power to fight the Jabberwocky. Eryn is doesn’t care about this crazy world and wants to go home.
When Ace of Hearts comes for Eryn, he is cured of his madness and later escapes proving Eryn has the alyce. Everet and Cheshire decide to take Eryn to visit a friend of theirs who might have another key to help her home, but Eryn separates from them when they go mad and meets Duxim, a little boy. Because of his innocence, she decides to trust him to take her to meet another queen, but then Eryn is captured again when the queen is revealed to have been taken by the Jabberwocky.
Duxim returns with a rogue soldier who gets her out of prison. At the camp of the soldiers, Ace of Hearts comes with another soldier, proving again that Eryn’s alyce works. But then Jack goes mad and her own soldier, Clue, attacks her to help Eryn and Ace escape.
Eryn is unsure of Ace at first, but he proves himself trustworthy. She realizes she does care about the people of Underland and decides to focus on helping rather than going home. It is then revealed that the Red Queen is the Jabberwocky and the real queen might still be alive. To find the truth Eryn and Ace go on a mission. Eryn begins to see a more human side of Ace and the two share a kiss.
When Clue finds the real queen’s captured soul, a struggle ensues to set her free and Clue sacrifices himself in an attempt to save Eryn, Ace, and the queen. However, the Red Queen’s army finds them and captures them all. Eryn, for the first time, controls her power and saves Ace from the Jabberwocky. But then she is taken away to be put into a coma to get her powers extracted.
While in the coma, Eryn meets Alyce, the power itself and learns that all she has to do is ask for help. Together, they return to the world. During escape, Duxim dies while saving Eryn. After Alyce frees soldiers from the Jabberwocky to fight the manifested monster, Eryn and Alyce go inside the Jabberwocky to find its core and destroy it.
At last, the world has been saved and now Eryn can return home through a door. She gives a hasty goodbye to Ace promising to see him again. She wakes up in her grandmother’s room and little time has passed. She makes amends with her mother and decides to break off her toxic friendship with Celeste. A message on her phone shows two symbols—an ace and a heart suggesting she might see Ace again, soon.