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Redemption Ark by Alastair Reynolds

This starts 40 years after Revelation Space and has some of the same characters. Volyova and Khouri have joined together to try to evacuate the planet where they ended up in the last book. We meet Clavain, Felka, Galiana, and Skade who are Conjoiners -- a version of humans who have machines in their heads and can read each other's minds. Antoinette Bax and her boyfriend Xavier join in with her freight ship.

Galiana returns from an exploring trip with a "wolf" in her mind. It's a machine that's part of a machine culture that's been killing every culture that makes it to space. Galiana was once able to get news from the future, so the Conjoiners are getting ready to evacuate out of the galaxy themselves. First, though, they want their hell weapons back from Volyova and Khouri.

When Clavain finds out the Conjoiners are getting out and leaving all the other humans for the wolves, he deserts, gets an army together, steals a lighthugger, and takes off to get the hell weapons himself, to give to humans. Antoinette goes with him.

The machines (more properly called The Inhibitors) are taking the sun apart so it will kill all the planets and people where Volyova and Khouri are, which is why they're trying to evacuate. Everybody comes together in shifting alliances and some make it through.
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