By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated June 19, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

The title was the only unfortunate thing about Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which spun the author’s knowledge of robotics into a galloping sci-fi account of a war between man and machine. It was good enough for Steven Spielberg to want to develop it into a movie (though the project has since been delayed). This sequel is a collection of points of view that link to a larger narrative; the cast ranges from the sentient hero of the first book to what can only be described as a robo-zombie. Wilson’s working off the same blueprints here, so there’s not much new, but you know what they say: If it ain’t broke, don’t run a system-repair program. A-