Study Guide

Blood Red Road Love

By Moira Young


Love makes the world go 'round and all, but what happens if that world is a post-apocalyptic wasteland, like in Blood Red Road? Things get a bit more complicated.

Raised in a rather unconventional home, or heroine Saba holds little hope for romantic love, but she takes comfort in her insanely tight bond with her twin brother Lugh. Yeah, until Lugh gets kidnapped. Cue red alarms. As Saba searches for Lugh, however, she finds herself feeling more love more than ever thanks to a talkative thief named Jack—though Saba doesn't accept these feelings without putting up a fight.

Questions About Love

  1. Why does Lugh believe that love makes a person weak? What does this say about his character?
  2. Why is Saba hesitant to admit her love for Jack?
  3. Why does Saba place Lugh on a pedestal? How does this affect the way that she views herself?
  4. Does Saba love Emmi? Do her feelings change over the course of the novel?

Chew on This

Saba's love for Lugh can be seen as a negative thing in some contexts, because it comes at the expense of her self-esteem.

Saba is hesitant about admitting her love for Jack because she has a hard time trusting people.