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Marie Lu

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in Wuxi, China


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September 2010

[Note: Many apologies, but I'm woefully bad at checking my Goodreads emails! If you'd like to send a note/msg, please catch me on Twitter: . Thanks!]

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

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Marie Lu I think we all have a bit of Adelina in us. The mantra I try to live by is: in spite of everything, be good. Do good. Don't let anger and darkness con…moreI think we all have a bit of Adelina in us. The mantra I try to live by is: in spite of everything, be good. Do good. Don't let anger and darkness consume you, lest you turn into your own worst enemy. Walk in the light. Help others, stand up for what's right, and speak out.(less)
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Aaaand the title reveal for the 4th and final LEGEND novel...

Aaaand the title reveal for the 4th and final LEGEND novel is……REBEL!!!

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Marie Lu Marie Lu said: " If there's one reason to read this book, it's Zhong Ye. Holy crap. What a deep, complex character! You meet him in Silver Phoenix, but you don't *really* meet him until you read Fury. He's incredible, and now my favorite character in the Phoenix worl ...more "

“Each day means a new twenty-four hours. Each day means everything's possible again. You live in the moment, you die in the moment, you take it all one day at a time.”
Marie Lu, Legend

“He is beauty, inside and out.
He is the silver lining in a world of darkness.
He is my light.”
Marie Lu, Prodigy

“Then Day reaches out and touches my hand with his. He encloses it in a handshake. And just like that, I am linked with him again, I feel the pulse of our bond and his- tory and love through our hands, like a wave of magic, the return of a long-lost friend. Of something meant to be. The feeling brings tears to my eyes. Perhaps we can take a step forward together.

“Hi,” he says. “I’m Daniel.”
“Hi,” I reply. “I’m June.”
Marie Lu, Champion


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message 9: by masha

masha The Legend books were absolutely brilliant. I cannot behind to ... there are no words for how I feel about them.
The writing has INCREDIBLY improved, leaving me at the edge of my seat.
Thank you for writing such a beautiful, original, and (somewhat) heart breaking trilogy. I wish you success with your upcoming works!

Ps: I'm emotionally challenge when it comes to books. However, I APPLAUD YOU FOR MAKING ME CRY.

oliviasbooks I've just noticed that you will be reading at the German Book Fair in Frankfurt in October. Maybe I should go ....

Eleanor Thank you for accepting my friend request :D. I can't wait for Prodigy.

PJforaDay Yay thanks for friending me .I love legend.:)

♥Kel Thanks for accepting my friendship! And i love your book Legend, it's all i can ask for a perfect book.

Princesse_Mélanie Thank you for accepting my friendship! :)

message 3: by Mark

Mark Rice Thanks for your friendship, Marie.

Juliet I loved Legend! It was amazing~! Can't wait for the Next in the series! Woo! ♪(´ε` )

message 1: by Anna

Anna Marie, first off, thanks for accepting my friend request. Okay, now that I've got that part done, can I have the next book now? <3

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