Book 2: The Missing Chapters

The Wild & Zany Galactic Adventures of Commander Zhang & Lieutenant Simon, Soul Mates who Incarnate on Earth and Save the World

Fiction - Science Fiction
438 Pages
Reviewed on 12/07/2023
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Book 2: The Missing Chapters is a work of fiction in the science fiction and LGBTQ+ drama subgenres. It forms the second installment of The Wild & Zany Galactic Adventures of Commander Zhang & Lieutenant Simon, Soul Mates who Incarnate on Earth and Save the World and is suitable for mature readers owing to its adult content. Penned by author Vegastarchild584, the work is an exhilarating continuation of the Star Seed Series, a zany and adventurous story that combines science fiction with romance and comedy. This book revolves around our old favorites Commander Zhang and Lieutenant Simon, intergalactic BFFs who have accepted a mission to uplift humanity. However, their training for this mission takes a hilarious and unexpected turn when they become obsessed with Pleiadean sexual cultivation, leading to some potentially disastrous outcomes.

Author Vegastarchild584 really knows how to keep readers on the hook with utterly charming characters and zany sci-fi antics. This is a truly wild MM romantic comedy filled with larger-than-life characters, unexpected twists, and the humorous antics of the two protagonists. Having read the first book a little while ago, I was delighted to be back with Simon and Zhang. I loved the descriptive quality of the narrative as it feels cinematically rich but also detailed and sensual when it needs to be. The theming also strikes a really unique blend of metaphysical sci-fi, comedy, and romance that offers a fun and entertaining reading experience for those who enjoy a mix of genres, but it never wanders too far from its queer fiction roots and strives for a positive and fun portrayal of LGBTQ+ relationships. Overall, Book 2: The Missing Chapters is a rollicking journey that doesn't take itself too seriously, making it a great choice for readers looking for a lighthearted and unconventional adventure, and I would certainly recommend it for fans of the first novel as a very worthy sequel.

Asher Syed

In The Missing Chapters by Vegastarchild584, Zhang and Simon return with a call from Archangel Michael to aid Earth's ascension. On Rigel-3, a crash leads to Simon fixing the ship, but when ambushed by ape-like beings, they depart hastily, leading to a timeline divergence warned by Mencius. Simon struggles with secrecy, balancing his covert mission and life with Zhang. A haunting experience by Simon triggers Zhang's care, prompting revelations through a psychic connection. In Shanghai, where the pair are celebrities, corruption, the notorious Chairman Luo, and the dangerously invasive neighbor, Mrs. Cheng, try to balance an exciting Earth existence with their missions, including ones involving black holes and negotiations with an Empress. A breakthrough unveils Zhang's purpose and brings much-needed focus to their mission, their intertwined destinies, and the ultimate pursuit of their cosmic mission to guide humanity's ascension.

The Missing Chapters by Vegastarchild584 is book two in The Star Seed Series, which I had the pleasure of reading and which gave me a wonderful amount of backstory, but is not necessary as this book reads perfectly well as a stand-alone. I think what I love most about the adventures of Zhang and Simon is that Vegastarchild584 is entirely comfortable with making a reader want to wring one or both of their necks and then subsequently high-five them for a job well done. The landscapes and planets they visit are visually depicted, and as a reader who has spent time in Shanghai, the beauty and madness of the city really do come to life. In the last book, there was some major jealousy over fame, and the journey to resolving themselves as soulmates is central. Here, the couple is far more united, even though Zhang's complete loss hinders the bond. Nevertheless, the sizzle always brings them back, and Vegastarchild584 knows how to write a sexy scene. Mrs. Cheng is my absolute favorite character here, heightened by a bittersweet twist of fate. Overall, this is an excellent sequel to The Star Seed Series.

Jamie Michele

Vegastarchild584's second book of The Star Seed Series, The Missing Chapters, is preceded by the first book, The Wild & Zany Galactic Adventures of Commander Zhang & Lieutenant Simon. In the first installment, the pair is entrusted with assisting humanity in its ascent. Commander Zhang and Lieutenant Simon accept their earthly mission. However, the trainees' focus slips during training as they abandon themselves to the pleasures of the body. Zhang is tasked with unearthing illicit activity in China's entertainment sector, but amnesia manifests in complications; thus, Simon must continue to complete their key assignment alone. In the second book, a problematic escape disrupts the timeline when one space mission to the next falls apart in a way that only Zhang and Simon can make happen, after picking up drinks with unlikely companions, crashing on wayward planets, and being chased off it. The soulmate connection between Simon and Zhang remains, and with cancel culture, selfie furors, keeping their sex lives a secret, and accomplishing the mission, they need all the support they can get.

What exactly is ascension? “In a word, it’s the raising of the mass consciousness and moving up an octave in vibration to an even better more kind and loving world. It’s where we recognize the Divine in everyone.” The Missing Chapters merges sex and philosophy so they feel as they should, which is that they are intrinsically connected, and the author uses subdued metaphors to tie everything together. The soulmate relationship between Simon and Zhang is a form of ascension itself, and just as Earth needs to dismantle the weight and inequality that make kindness and love at the highest level possible, Simon and Zhang have to do this within themselves to reach their own purest level of love. Mission Everlight is universal. In the first book, the whole human incarnation starts with training, birthing, and raising, and in this book, their immersion is complete, but it's not any easier for mission completion. Simon and Zhang continue evolving as soulmates with physical and emotional supreme attachment, and I look forward to seeing it grow further. Very highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

Get ready for a wildly entertaining sci-fi odyssey with The Wild & Zany Galactic Adventures of Commander Zhang & Lieutenant Simon: The Missing Chapters, the second book in The Star Seed series by Vegastarchild584. Under the orders of Lord Michael, Commander Zhang and his soul mate, Lieutenant Simon, continue their mission on Earth to help humans ascend and save the planet. They reincarnate as celebrities in the Chinese entertainment industry, seeking to expose the corruption behind the scenes under Chairman Luo. However, with Zhang blacklisted by CAPA and suffering a memory loss, Simon has his work cut out for him. Meanwhile, the holographic Earth humans and their allies, the Eben and the Reptilians, are battling the Pleiadean Defense Forces. Amid their cosmic adventures, Zhang and Simon must put everything on the line to complete the Everlight mission.

The Missing Chapters is a must-read for sci-fi lovers in the LGBTQ community. The book never takes itself too seriously, and Vegastarchild584 infuses just the right blend of humor, romance, and sci-fi elements to make this an absolute joy to read. Whether it's the thrilling action sequences or the intimate love-making scenes, one thing's guaranteed -- there's not a single dull moment in the entire book. The two central characters, Zhang and Simon, have palpable chemistry, and almost every other scene featuring them together will get a chuckle or two out of you. The narrative is non-linear, and it complements the tone of the story. Recommended to sci-fi fans with an affinity for some adventure and fun!