I liked the two previous books but am very disappointed with this half. Kirkman and Bonansinga have either gathered together separate ideas from the waste paper basket in a hurry or somebody new with less talent has taken up the job. The story neither starts nor ends anywhere (well, it is only part one...) and there are many pieces of text that made me wonder if I had just missed a page or two, for example, the story of the Valdosta women, which was clearly glued on to fill one more page before deadline. Lilly, previously a kind of sympathetic opportunist with growing potential, is now a flat, two-dimensional outsider in her own story. I hope that in Part 2 the writers will also get the details sorted out and, for example, decide if Michonne is a small and slim woman or, indeed, "an amazon".
I am very disappointed but even more disgusted. The first two books contain violence, as would be expected, but this book celebrates it. The torture is described in smallest detail over and over again with the same words and images. A hint to the writers: do not use repetition, use a larger font and wide margins. It is the story that counts, not the number of pages.