Study Guide

Blood Red Road Power

By Moira Young


You've seen Mad Max: Fury Road, right? Remember Immortan Joe? Well, that schmohawk doesn't have anything on Blood Red Road's resident post-apocalyptic dictator, Vicar Pinch. Funded by the drug trade and protected by the fearsome paramilitary force known as the Tonton, Vicar Pinch rules the wasteland with an iron fist, squashing anyone who gets in his way. But when one eighteen-year-old girl does the unthinkable and stands up to him, the bossman learns the hard way that all power does is put a target on your back.

Questions About Power

  1. Who is more powerful, Miz Pinch or the King? Explain your answer.
  2. How is chaal used by the King to retain power?
  3. Is DeMalo a good guy or a bad guy? Use evidence to defend your position.
  4. Will things be better now that the King is out of power? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

Although the King seems like the most powerful person in the novel, he clearly derives his authority from the even more intimidating Miz Pinch.

The King is more powerful than Miz Pinch, as evidenced when he strikes her.