Study Guide

Blood Red Road Coming of Age

By Moira Young

Coming of Age

Like all good coming of age stories, Blood Red Road features plenty of sibling rivalry, romantic confusion, and political assassination. Er, well, there's just one political assassination, but that's more than enough in our book. Our heroine here, by the way, is Saba, an eighteen-year-old girl thrust into extraordinary circumstances after her twin brother Lugh is kidnapped by a fearsome paramilitary force known as the Tonton. That's real stuff. As she sets off in search of Lugh, fighting tooth and nail to survive, Saba ends up doing a more than just kicking Tonton behind—she becomes an adult.

Questions About Coming of Age

  1. Does Emmi go through a coming-of-age experience? Why or why not?
  2. Does Saba still have room for maturation? Explain.
  3. Does Saba resist her coming-of-age? If so, how?
  4. Will Lugh and Saba's relationship be different now that she's matured?

Chew on This

Although it's hidden in the background, Emmi grows and matures just as much as Saba does.

Although Saba grows a lot of the course of the novel, she still has plenty of room for growth as she continues to mature.