This "A Time To" series has been rather disappointing with it's previous books. These recent books by Robert Greenberger have been slightly better thant the previous books, but they still could be better.
A problem with this book is repetitiveness. We constantly have Dr. Crusher contemplating on if she should accept a job offering at Starfleet Medical. Well, guess what? It's already stated on the back cover what her decision is so this constant should I/shouldn't I gets tedious and rather annoying.
Than there's the over the top action. While I understand that this is set on a planet where the society is falling a part and all sorts of crap will hit the fan, there's only so much of it you can read before you stop caring. And this book will do that to you half-way through.
The relationship between Commander Riker and his father is a bit cliched, and, without going into detailed spoilers, has a very predictable outcome.
Really, this book should only get two stars, but the end of it which implies some shady dealings going on in the Federation government was interesting enoug to earn it an extra star.