Blog Tour: Legend by Marie Lu & Giveaway

Marie Lu


What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Marie Lu Bio:

Before becoming a full-time writer, Marie Lu was the art director at a video game company. She 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 and lives in Los Angeles, California.

When Legend Sold

by Marie Lu

Okay, I know I’ve always loved reading blog posts from other writers detailing the moments leading up to their first books being sold. Nothing motivated me so much as those posts! The vicarious thrill! Someday, I dreamed of writing my own. Now that my debut, Legend, is coming out at last (after a 12-year struggle…to be detailed in another blog post), I finally get to tell this story.

This is how it happened. After two rewrites where Agent Kristin and I hammered Legend into a presentable form, we sent it out on submission on July 9, 2010 (two days before I turned 26). Now, I’ve been on submission before. Twice. Having that experience, I was ready for the LONG haul, the 6 month wait for rejections and “I loved it, but” letters from kind-but-professional editors. (Again, all this backstory to be detailed in another blog post!)

One week passed. I spent my birthday in a nervous wreck.

Then I heard from Kristin that there were two editors who had read and loved Legend. One of these editors was someone I’d heard a great deal about, and when Kristin said her name, I almost fainted in front of my laptop (good thing I didn’t, or else I’d probably have QWERTY embedded permanently on my forehead). The other editor was the editor for one of my favorite YA books. Can we say faint x 2?

However, as aforementioned, I’ve been on submission before. I’ve been down the road of “Editors are liking it” and then “Editors decided ultimately to say no”. So I toughened up as much as I could, and got ready for the inevitable rejections from both of these incredible editors.


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  • Avatar Kassidy Anyone read Legend by Marie Lu yet?
    Dec 27, 2011 by Kassidy | Posted in Books & Authors

    It's new because the Copyright date is 2011. I never saw it before yesterday. It's good so far. I'm on page 139 out of 305. I started it at 5:30ish yesterday. I'm kinda sad though. I should be farther than this. Probably 250ish but I was drawing.....

    • What is perhaps most exciting is that Lu is still young — she only graduated from the University of Southern California in 2006 — and her skill as a storyteller has many years to grow. She is the art director at Online A …ok-online" title="High School Geometry Book Online">high school and college, are doomed to a life as an uneducated worker, or disappear altogether to mysterious work camps from which none have ever returned.

  • Avatar Kassidy Anyone read Legend by Marie Lu yet? It's a new book out this year and I'm nearly done. I got it yesterday....?
    Dec 27, 2011 by Kassidy | Posted in Books & Authors
    • Legend has been on my TBR List for months now, even before it came out. I do research on books and yeah, that's how I found Legend. I finally ordered it online last night. So it'll come in a couple of days, so stoked though! Oh and if you haven't read Divergent by Veronica Roth, read it. Its one of my favorite books, its so amazing! Maybe its just because I love dystopians. Oh well. (: