I recently was looking for some new free books on Kindle and came across Logic to the Rescue. I downloaded it and started reading. The book, and its sequel, Castles and Chemistry, is an excellent series for young skeptics and critical thinkers. It introduces logical fallacies, scientific method and does it all while weaving an interesting and engaging story.
In Logic to the Rescue, the lead character is Nikki, a young woman from a modern time period who finds herself wrapped up in the politics and problems of a fantasy realm several hundred years behind her own. Nikki is a well-crafted character who interesting, dynamic, and resourceful. It’s refreshing to see a female character carrying a story, being boldly science-minded and intelligent.
In the story, Nikki introduces her new traveling companions to logical fallacies such as Appeal to Authority, False Dilemma, and many others. Best of all, the concepts are not just introduced, but illustrated. Upon completion of the book, any reader would be able to recognize the concepts in action.
Being that critical thinking and skepticism are rarely, if ever, taught in school, this book is a great way for teens and pre-teens to get a taste of some of the basic concepts of evidence-based thinking. The story itself is also fun and interesting. I’m hoping that there are more books in the series, as a lot of questions have been left unanswered.
Over all, I highly recommend this series to anyone who wants to get a basic look at rational thought. It’s easy enough to read for younger skeptics, but interesting enough for people of all ages. Also, when the first book is free and the second is only 99 cents, it’s hard to turn it down.