I read Collision Course
right after seeing the new Star Trek. I'm not too sure about the Back to the Future
-style flying cars, or that every building at SFA is named after an Enterprise character, but I liked it.
I also much prefer the millitary school-style academy to the Wesley factory it's usually depicted as.
The book contradicts every other Young Kirk book, as well as the rest of the Shatnerverse. If that sort of thing ruins a book for you, avoid it. If you like lots of sillyness (including the worst laser/phaser excuse ever), you'll probably enjoy it.