Reading this I was a little confused at first. The book opens with a group of people we have never met before so I was wondering what happened to Rick and the group we have followed for 21 volumes. When we finally get to Rick and what is going on he is a completely different man. Clearly some time has passed since we left Rick and the Gang in Vol 21. I googled it and found a Wiki page that said it has been two years between the events of Vol 21 and 22. That made more sense but at the same time I kept wondering why skip so much time. Surely something interesting had to happen in those two years.
Everything seems to be going all nice and dreamy in the colony now that rules and trade have been established. Rick has finally accepted his role as leader even though he fought it for so long. Our group has gotten pretty good at surviving in this new world to the point of herding the Walkers like cattle to help drive them away from their home. When I think the book is going to be this drab look at a Norman Rockwell painting of the Zombie apocalypse a new twist emerges. It was so subtle that I had to go back and re-read certain passages. I would love to go into more detail but I feel that would be a major spoiler and ruin what is one of the most clever and disgusting endings I have read in these books.
So since I have run out of things that I can safely talk about in a non-spoiler review on to the rating. I felt this was a slow starter and only going to be a 3 star review but the ending makes up for all of its short comings early on. This is definitely a 4 out of 5 star book. I would push this to 4.5 but it wasn't amazing enough to round up to a 5. I am really curious to see where this story line goes and I can't wait for the next volume.