The book was to my liking. The plot didn't rub me as derivative. Instead, it was interesting to see one of the conquered peoples of the Romulan Star Empire. The return/cameo of long-time favourite characters Janeway and Sela was another plus point.
I knew ST:STA by reputation, so this was the first glimpse into that, although the story of the criminal crewmember is reminiscent of Well of Souls
(which I haven't read yet) and Saratoga
the Crusher-Picard lovestory received a satisfying conclusion.
My only regret is that we didn't hear from Kevratas again, except for in Path to 2409
. I wonder how the subject species will react to the Hobus supernova?