How could I give Michael Crichton four stars? How could I, a nobody, give the great, fantastic, man-who-mesmerizes-the-entire-world four stars? He was a nobody at the time he wrote this book as well. It is a good story and well deserves the four stars it gets -- "4-Stars The book accomplished all of its storytelling goals." Re: Current abortion laws: 1) Procedures are still being performed by doctors by those who can afford to pay and by nonprofessionals for those who can't; 2) Professionals are imprisoned and practices ruined but this will not stop abortions. It was a fleshed out morality tail. It was good and a foreshadowing of things to come.