Marie Lu

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Marie Lu
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Lu in 2014.
Born Xiwei Lu
(1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 30)
Wuxi, China
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American, Chinese, Mongolian,
Period 2011–present
Genre Young-adult fiction
Literary movement Dystopian fiction, Young-adult ficiton

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[1] and directed by Jonathan Levine.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Lu was born in 1984 in Wuxi, China.[3][4] By the age of 5, she and her family moved to the United States in Georgia in 1989.[5] She attended the University of Southern California and interned at Disney Interactive Studios.[1] Before writing her first book, Lu worked as an art designer for the video game industry.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[7][8]



  1. ^ a b Groot, Kate De (2011-12-19). "Kate De Groot, "Fall 2011 Flying Starts: Marie Lu," 19 December 2011". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  2. ^ 3 YEARS (2011-12-05). "Borys Kit, "Jonathan Levine Tapped to Direct CBS Films' 'Legend,'" 12 May 2011". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  3. ^ Lu, Marie. "Goodreads - Marie Lu (Author of Legend)". Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  4. ^ "Prodigy: A Legend Novel Audiobook (Unabridged)". Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  5. ^ "Author's website". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  6. ^ Scribner, Sara (2013-01-24). "Sara Scribner, "In 'Prodigy,' Marie Lu burnishes her 'Legend' series,"". LA Times. Retrieved 2014-02-19. 
  7. ^ Ridley Pearson, "Post-Apocalyptic Teenagers in Love," The New York Times Book Review, 4 December 2011.
  8. ^ Deadline, The. "The Deadline Team, "Jonathan Levine To Helm ‘Legend,'", 12 May 2011". Retrieved 2014-02-19. 

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