I'm pretty sure you guys have heard about Divergent right? (P.S, The movie version is releasing in March 2014 and the trailer looks great. I have high hopes for this one!) If you've seen this book around and didn't think to pick it up, oh boy, you've made a mistake. Go on and read it but I have to warn you my friend, be prepared for a roller-coaster ride. This trilogy is purely amazing in its concept. The characters are strongly built, where they timelessly prove to be brave, selfless and fearless.
If you're looking for a great series to start of your year, I would recommend starting off by reading Divergent. All 3 books in this series has successfully won many awards at goodreads and deserves every one of them.
I also have to warn you that this is based in a dystopia world and some events may be very upsetting(mainly Allegiant).
Here's a quick summary to help entice you a little more ;)
In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue--Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is--she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are--and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her. - Goodreads
On the movie side, I very much hope that it will be just as successful as The Hunger Games. From the look of things, Divergent has a great concept and a promising cast. I guess we just have to hope for the best!