The Mercy Journals


The Mercy Journals, which is Casper’s third novel, is set in 2047 and foreshadows a dark future in the wake of a climate change catastrophe. The story examines human nature through a soldier’s healing process as he comes to terms with his past.

Praise for The Mercy Journals

“From the opening paragraph, I dove into the deep end of a dystopian world that was terrifying, familiar and thrilling, and made me keep reading until the shocking end. The novel focuses on family and survival and love and humans’ nature; hunger, passion, possession, and murder. It’s a masterpiece.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

“The Mercy Journals is a book of extraordinary vision. Part Lord of the Flies, part Romeo Dallaire’s Shake Hands With the Devil, I cam out of this book deeply touched by the characters who moved through it, but also more alert. There’s a sense of the prescient in this novel – of where we could end up if we’re not careful.” – Aislinn Hunter, author of The World Before Us

“I admire tremendously how The Mercy Journals takes current concerns – global warming, PTSD, anti-immigration policies, war – and weaves them seamlessly into a gripping and mysterious plot set in a future world that, like any excellent sci fi, is really about today.” – John Colapinto, staff writer at The New Yorker

“This complex tale puts global crises and personal crises hand in hand, and questions if morality can stay the same or must adapt. It interweaves destruction with hope, individualism with socialism, and bouts of mental illness with moments of clarity, all while maintaining a strong plot and protagonist that carry the story forward. It will be an excellent addition to any science-fiction library.” – Christine Canfield, from her starred Foreword Review

“Posing profound questions about compassion, values, and our capacity for life-saving change, Canadian author Casper performs a remarkably incisive and sensitive variation on the dystopian theme in this suspenseful and provocative tale of sacrifice and survival.” – Donna Seaman, reviewing for Booklist

“Not since Margaret Atwood’s Snowman have we met such a desperate and compelling hero as Allen Quincy, doing his best to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. Claudia Casper takes us into a chillingly believable landscape where love still clicks in on red high heels and brothers still engage in conflict of biblical proportions.” – Merilyn Simonds, author of The Convict Lover

“Casper’s wry lament for the world is utterly unforgettable. She creates a slow apocalypse and finds real human voices and aching in the collapse and rebirth of society.” – Emily Schultz, author of The Blondes


Foreword Review


The Vancouver Sun

Publisher’s Weekly

BC BookLook

The Rumpus

Canadian Literature

Quill and Quire