I'm about 90% positive that when I go wide with The Singularity (meaning, I start putting money behind the books in marketing), negative reviews are going to pour in. I kind of considered this when I started writing it, but didn't care.
The book is dark, much darker than The Devil's Dream--and that's saying something. The Devil's Dream, at its core, was a story about love and maybe redemption. The Singularity, at its core, focuses on one question: does humanity deserve free will? It's not a new question by any means, and if I add anything to the discussion, it might be a different view of the extremes to both sides of the answer.
In doing that though, the book became very, very dark. And the whole time, I tried to stay true to what I wanted to add to the free will discussion--that humanity can be a very, very evil thing. That maybe the case which says we shouldn't be allowed free will is actually stronger than the opposite. I couldn't do that with redemption. I couldn't do that through love.
I couldn't stay true to the story by creating heroes full of hope, and villains who necessarily lost (no spoiler alert, because I still don't know how the thing ends). However, people hate this stuff. I got a one star review today because the story was too dark. I don't care about that, but I just wonder if economically, was it a dumb move? Maybe.
I had to write it though, I think. I needed to see it through, for myself, if no one else. Why can't people dig dark, depressing, novels with little to no redeeming characters? ;)