'Alif the Unseen,' Chapters 14 through end: Discuss!

Alif_the_unseen

We're almost through with this strange, fantastic book. How will the book end? Can Alif and his friends ever go back to "real life," and resume some semblance of normality again? Or are they to continue to live in the spectacular and dangerous other worlds they seem to now inhabit? Is Vikram really gone?