Marie Lu is an American young adult author. She is best known for the Legend series, a trilogy of novels set in a dystopian and militarized future. The novels form the basis of a film to be produced by Lionsgate. Her other works include the Young Elites series, the Warcross series, and Batman Nightwalker in the DC icons series. Born in 1984, in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China, Lu and her family moved to the United States when she was five years old. Lu worked as an art director at a video game company before becoming a full-time writer. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 and currently lives in LA with her husband, their son (born 2019) and cats.