Over on Goodreads (hey! friend me if you use that awesome site!) I've been looking over the books I read in 2014. The top of my recommendation pile came quite late this year, finishing up on Christmas day. I'm sorry, but if you haven't read this series, I'm afraid we can't be friends. And anyway, no friend would know about the awesomeness of this trilogy and withhold it from you, so I'm sharing. Telling, actually. Telling you to read these!!
The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen.
There you go. Thank me. Your new year has just been made!