But that was before the Games. Before my fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, announced he was madly in love with me. Our romance became a key strategy for our survival in the arena. Only it wasn’t just a strategy for Peeta. I’m not sure what it was for me. But I know now it was nothing but painful for Gale.
This is a summary of some of the things that occurred in The Hunger Games.
After her younger sister, Primrose, is chosen as a tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her place. As a result, Katniss is forced to leave her family & her best friend, Gale Hawthorne, to fight for her life against 23 other tributes. One of those tributes is District 12′s Peeta Mellark, a boy Katniss feels she owes her life to.
As she’s forced to participate in the ceremonies & interviews prior to the actual Games, Katniss tries to reconcile herself with the fact that her survival would mean the death of all the tributes. During his interview in the Capitol, Peeta tells all of Panem of his long time love for Katniss. Between Peeta’s confession and the captivating outfits created by her stylist, Cinna, Katniss becomes the focus of the 74th Hunger Games.
Once she is in the arena, Katniss fights for her life while making an ally, Rue from District 11, and tries to figure out why Peeta has teamed up with the Careers from Districts 1, 2, and 4 to find & kill Katniss. But it was all an act on Peeta’s part to protect Katniss. After the death of her ally, Rue, a twist for the Games is announced. Two tributes from the same district could win the Games, so Katniss found a wounded Peeta and kept him alive by fighting for medicine to save his life. As part of her mentor, Haymitch’s, Games strategy, Katniss had to act as a girl in love, even if she felt those feelings weren’t real at the time.
The Games comes down to a final fight between Katniss, Peeta, and Cato, the Career from District 1. And after Cato is killed, Katniss & Peeta believed they won. But in order to have a big finish, the announcer tells them only one can be crowned victor. Not surprised, Katniss decides they will thwart the Gamemakers by simultaneously eating poisonous nightlock berries. But of course, there has to be a victor, so the Gamemakers allow both Katniss & Peeta to be victors.
But now Katniss is in danger. The president of Panem, President Snow, is not happy with her little act of rebellion with the berries. After trying to convince everyone she acted out of love, Katniss confesses to Peeta that much of what happened between the two of them was an act to get gifts from sponsors. Now they return to District 12 and try to live with the consequences of being victors or the 74th Hunger Games.
If it were up to me, I would try to forget the Hunger Games entirely. Never speak of them. Pretend they were nothing but a bad dream.
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