The latest in Testa's Galahad series is a slower moving study in the toll the trip is taking on the teens on this long journey and the relationships that have developed while on this journey. The teenagers seem to finally understand how daunting a task they have must accomplish. The readers get to see more of the underlying personalities of the main crew members. We see how the stress and responsibility starts to affect them.
The other aspect of The Dark Zone is finding out that they are not alone in the galaxy. Mysterious "things" attach themselves to the ship and the crew does not know whether they are alive or mechanical. While examining one of them inside the medical lab and trying to release it when it becomes extremely agitated, one of the main crew is killer. The Council and crew are devastated and it is their first experience with the death of one of their own.
The death causes the head of the Council to make what may be a very rash decision. Her decision causes the Council to have to do without yet another Council Member. We will have to wait until this October to find out what happens next. I am looking forward to the next installment. I have enjoyed the series thus far, I like the fact that the author gives these teens the intelligence and ability to think for themselves and to find a way to solve the problems they encounter during their journey.