Marie Lu

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Marie Lu
Marie Lu.JPG
Lu in 2014
Born Xiwei Lu
(1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 33)
Wuxi, China
Occupation Novelist
Nationality American
Period 2011–present
Genre Young adult fiction, Dystopian fiction
Notable works

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]

Early life[edit]

Lu was born in 1984 in Wuxi, China, and later moved to Beijing.[2][3] In 1989, she and her family moved to the United States in Texas when she was five years old,[4] during the Tiananmen Square Protest.[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]

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]

Personal life[edit]

Marie Lu is currently living in Los Angeles, California.[8]


Legend Series[edit]

The Young Elites series[edit]

Warcross series[edit]

  • Warcross #1[9] (2017)


  • Spirit Animals book 7: The Evertree (2015)
  • Batman Beyond (2017)


  1. ^ a b De Groot, Kate (December 19, 2011). "Fall 2011 Flying Starts: Marie Lu". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ Lu, Marie. "Marie Lu (Author of Legend)". Goodreads. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Prodigy: A Legend Novel Audiobook". The Audiobook Store. Retrieved December 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Marie Lu - About". Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Novelist Marie Lu". Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  6. ^ Scribner, Sara (January 24, 2013). "In 'Prodigy,' Marie Lu burnishes her 'Legend' series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ Pearson, Ridley (December 4, 2011). "Post-Apocalyptic Teenagers in Love". The New York Times Book Review. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Marie Lu - About". Archived from the original on 2010-12-30. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  9. ^ Warcross by Marie Lu, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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