This book was a fantastic find in a genre I thought I had long ago read everything that was any good.
The problem with dystopia fiction is that it is all so damn relevant, so damn accurate and so damn depressing. Reading it through never pays off with any hope at the end. You nod your head and think, the author is so right. We are so doomed.
MOCKINGBIRD ends on a real high note. You can see the beginnings of something brewing that may bring mankind back. I don't want to give you any spoilers but the robot actually turns out to be a good guy in this one who is pulling for mankind even as he works towards his own destruction. The climax isn't sappy, sophomoric or unrealistic and it leaves you wondering if there is something in the spirit of mankind (meaning Neanderthals) that will triumph no matter what in this world, given enough time.
The journey of the protagonist from old silent movies to determined survivalist is pretty cool too. Read it, you will see. Definitely worth it. This book in an underrated classic.