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Marie Lu


Marie Lu (born Xiwei Lu) is a Chinese-American young adult author. She is best known for the Legend series, novels set in a dystopian and militarized future, as well as the Young Elites series, the Warcross series, and Batman: Nightwalker in the DC Icons series.

Lu was born in 1984 in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, and later moved to Beijing. In 1989, she and her family moved to the United States in Texas when she was five years old, during the Tiananmen Square Protest. She attended the University of Southern California and interned at Disney Interactive Studios.

Lu lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, their son (born 2019) and three dogs.

Lu's debut novel, Legend, was published November 29, 2011 as the first of a young adult science fiction trilogy. Lu has said that she was inspired by the movie Les Miserables and sought to recreate the conflict between Valjean and Javert in a teenage version. Two other books in the planned trilogy, Prodigy and Champion, were published in 2013.