I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver. At least, I like to think so.

Marie Lu

Marie Lu
Ethinicity: Chinese
Nationality: American
General Information
Birth name: Xiwei Lu
Age: 31 (July 11, 1984)
Occupation: Novelist
Dystopian Young-adult fiction
Sector: Los Angeles, California, USA
Fate: Alive
Physical Information
Gender: Female
Hair: Black
Eyes: Dark brown
Skin: White
Marie Lu (originally born Xiwei Lu) is the author of the Legend Series, which consists of LegendProdigy, Champion as well as the trilogy's side novel Life Before Legend . She is also the author of The Young Elites and the book's sequel The Rose Society . She was born in July, 1984, in China. She currently lives in Los Angeles, California.


Marie Lu was born on July 11, 1984, in Wuxi, China, and currently resides in Los Angeles, California. By the age of 5, she and her family moved to the United States in Georgia 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. Marie Lu is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video game company, and also owns the children’s brand Fuzz Academy. She was first inspired to write Legend while watching Les Miserables one afternoon, and wondered how the relationship between a famous criminal vs. a prodigious detective might translate into a more modern story. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006.

Written Works

  • Legend (2011)
  • Prodigy (2013)
  • Champion (2014)
  • Life Before Legend (2013)
  • The Young Elites (2014)
  • The Rose Society (2015)
  • Spirit Animals Book 7: The Evertree (2015)
  • The Midnight Star (2016)
  • Warcross (2017)


-Marie Lu