|Literary movement||Dystopian fiction, Young-adult ficiton|
|Notable work(s)||Legend (2011), Prodigy (2013), Champion (2013)|
Marie Lu (born Xiwei Lu) is an American young adult author. She is best known for the Legend series, novels set in a dystopian and militarized future. The novels form the basis of a movie to be produced by CBS Films and directed by Jonathan Levine.
Background and education
Lu was born in 1984 in Beijing, China. By the age of 5, she and her family moved to the United States in Texas in 1989. She attended the University of Southern California and interned at Disney Interactive Studios. Before writing her first book, Lu worked as an art designer for the video game industry.
Legend was optioned by CBS Films 10 months before publication. Writing in The New York Times, critic and author Ridley Pearson wrote of Legend, "Overpackaged, overhyped first novels are done a disservice by their publishers, with untested authors expected somehow to justify all the gloss and glitter of a full-bore prepublication promotional blitz. Too many just don’t merit the attention. I could only stand up and cheer, therefore, for Marie Lu’s 'Legend.' A fine example of commercial fiction with razor-sharp plotting, depth of character and emotional arc, 'Legend' doesn’t merely survive the hype, it deserves it."
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- Ridley Pearson, "Post-Apocalyptic Teenagers in Love," The New York Times Book Review, 4 December 2011.
- Author's Website
- Ridley Pearson in The New York Times Book Review on Legend
- The Los Angeles Times on Prodigy
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