A couple of years ago I had an idea for a story, but didn’t get very far with it. The basic premise was that four kids - a boy, his girlfriend, her little brother, and the little brother’s female friend - got sucked into a nightmarish land, and eventually they were able to make peace with it the twelve years they’re there…only to eventually be dumped back into the reality only a year older than when they returned. And in comparison, the nightmarish place they’d been but got to grow up in wasn’t as bad as the issues their return left them with, like the fact that the older two’s son on the other side was now their unborn baby in the real world due to the unsynched time between the two realities.
I didn’t end up getting far because it occured to me a few pages in that the kids in the chronicles of Narnia did the de-aging thing when they returned from their adventures too, though minus teen pregancy. Maybe I’ll get back to that story anyway, who knows.
But there must be authors who haven’t been scared off by the inevitable comparison to Narnia that virtually any story about young people being sucked into another land bring up. So I’m hoping you can recommend some stories with that premise - kids from our mundane reality end up in a place much worse than Narnia - so…recs?