"How to explain? How to describe? Even the omniscient viewpoint quails.

A singleton star, reddish and dim. A ragtag of asteroids, and a single planet, more like a moon. In this era the star hung near the galactic plane, just beyond the Beyond. The structures on the surface were gone from normal view, pulverized into regolith across a span of aeons. The treasure was far underground, beneath a network of passages, in a single room filled with black. Information at the quantum density, undamaged. Maybe five billion years had passed since the archive was lost to the nets."

And, so the Prologue begins this first book of Vernor Vinge's Zones of Thought series.

Chills. Foreboding. The possibility of a quest? Already, I knew this book was likely to be something different in my reading experience.

What do you think of the book's title? Did it prepare you for the story ahead?

What are your thoughts on the Prologue and the first eight (8) chapters?