She is relieved that Prim, being only twelve, has only had her name put in once. They stop to have a meal and discuss the Hunger Games and The Reaping. The cornucopia is huge and filled with supplies that will be needed in the games, but the children from the wealthier districts 1,2, and 4 stick together and form a short-term alliance with each other and take much from the cornucopia and kill all others, then those they called allies. The story is centered on a 16-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen and her struggle for survival in dystopia. While volunteers are rare, they are permitted, and so Katniss is ushered onstage, where she wonders whether the Mayor remembers the sad day long ago when he presented her with a medal to honor her father's demise. The only problem, however, is that it is Katniss! She knows him primarily through trade, and seems unsure why he's there.
Two tributes are drawn in each of the 12 districts, and those tributes are sent to an arena where they fight until only one tribute remains alive. For a while, there was peace and prosperity for Panem, which consisted of a shining Capitol and thirteen surrounding districts. After her Gale comes in, all he does is hold her. First, she continues to hold back her tears, in stark contrast to Peeta, whose eyes are red and swollen by the time he leaves the Justice Building. His idea for her costume for the opening ceremony is to set her a blaze. The fact that the reaping takes place in front of the Justice Building is hypocritical, since the Hunger Games are anything but just—they favor wealthier districts and demonstrate how much control the Capitol has over the districts. She returns home with Peeta, and the book ends with her dreading the moment that she will have to let go of his hand.
They go back out in to the woods blood thirsty. The next morning, they are transported to the arena. She was a girl that Katniss saw running away while she was hunting with Gale in the woods. They try to help clean him up, then he punches Peeta. He was a winner of the games and a former tribute from District 12. Katniss drives her knife into the table near his hand, and he realizes that he might actually have fighters this year. Katniss mentions that she never wants to have children of her own.
They wash out their mouths so not to swallow any of the poison and they are brought onto a hover craft and are split up. When Haymitch makes a joke mocking their plight, Peeta retorts sarcastically and Haymitch punches him. He was the one that killed the girl. He decides that they actually have a chance to survive in the arena. Trackerjackers would attack you at the slickest provocation and would sting you.
Technically, the lottery is random, but after the age of twelve, children can opt to have their names entered into the lottery multiple times in exchange for tesserae, which can be used to purchase more grain and oil. Chapter 11- The tributes have to stand on their platforms for sixty seconds, or else they get blown up. The Hunger Games serve as a yearly reminder that the districts must never rebel again. They are yelling, one of them says that he will kill whoever did this to them. She only confronts her feelings for and about Peeta in terms of their functional value, which shows that she is unable to fully accept her identity as a full, caring human being. This introduces two other themes, community and rebellion. She is alone with Cinna waiting to be summoned to the arena.
As the clock strikes two, the mayor steps up to the podium and begins to read about the history of Panem, the country that rose out of the ashes of what once was North America. Then she's almost killed and would have been if not for Thresh, the other tribute from district 11. She sees some berries that Rue had warned her were deadly. After the ceremonies, the tributes begin their training. Effie reaches into a glass bowl full of slips of paper and pulls out the name of the female tribute: Primrose Everdeen.
This does not go well, because he doesn't like Katniss' attitude and she cannot stand being around Haymitch. Katniss later goes about the arena looking for Peeta. This section contains 993 words approx. The interviews are very important, because they are televised to the whole country and the sponsors choose the tribute who will receive their backing. Then she goes to find Rue. Katniss tells her sister and mother what they need to do to survive while she is away.
At first Peeta tells her he's not sure how long she's been asleep, since she was already sleeping when he woke up. This book is not for everyone; it is at times violent and it is not appropriate for all children. At dinner Katniss tells Effie, Haymitch, and the others what she did in her private session with the Gamemakers. Tributes from different districts are pitted against each other for survival. There are three additional elements that illustrate this conflict.
Though distraught, Katniss stoically keeps herself from crying, knowing that to do so would be to reveal weakness to the television viewers and, worse, to the foes she will face in the Hunger Games. She is an inspiration and motivation to the oppressed citizens of Panem. What follows is a series of events that will put Katniss in the spotlight both as a source of hope for the oppressed and as an enemy of the Capitol. She reminds her mother she cannot abandon Prim, as she did just after their father died. There she encounters Peeta, who tells her he only wants to die as himself. Effie takes Katniss to teach her how to walk in high heels, smile, wear a gown and make a good first impression.