Chapter summaries Part 2: The Games

Chapter 10

The second part of the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins begins with the crowd going wild over Peeta’s declaration of love for Katniss. Peeta steals the show. Katniss, however, is stunned. When the interviews are over, she shoves Peeta, making him cut his hands, and yells at him for making her look weak. The mentors and stylists, however, tell Katniss that Peeta has made her look desirable and he has given her an advantage. Katniss apologizes to him. 

Everyone says their goodbyes as the Games start the following day. Haymitch offers a last piece of advice and tells them they should run away from the other tributes as soon as the Games begin as they are not prepared for the bloodbath that will take place at the start. 

That night, Katniss cannot sleep and goes to the roof, where she finds Peeta. He tells her that he wishes to die as himself and not become a puppet for the Capitol and expresses his belief that Katniss can win the Games. 

The next morning, Katniss is taken to the arena in a hovercraft. Cinna dresses her in the suit all the tributes will be wearing, and pins Katniss’s mockingjay pin on it. He reminds her of Haymitch’s advice to run and find water, and tells her he would bet on her winning the Games. Katniss is raised into the arena. 

Chapter 11

The 24 tributes are arranged in a circle around the Cornucopia that holds supplies and weapons and must remain still until a gong signals the start of the Games. Katniss sees a bow and arrow among the weapons and considers running to get it, but Haymitch advised her not to get involved in the fight for supplies and to run away. The gong strikes and, undecided, Katniss grabs a backpack of supplies and runs away. A tribute throws a knife at her but Katniss dodges and the knife sticks into her backpack. She runs , trying to get away as quickly as possible. 

Katniss finds no water but realizes the presence of rabbits in the woods means a water source must exist. When nighttime falls, she climbs into a tree to sleep. She watches as a screen in the sky shows the eleven tributes who have died on the first day: none of them are Peeta. 

She is woken up in the night by the sound of a tribute starting a fire close to her, which she fears will give away their location. Soon enough, several of the Career tributes, the tributes from the richer districts who train their entire lives to participate in the Games for the glory of winning, who have formed an alliance, come and kill the girl who started the fire. Katniss goes unnoticed in the tree. They wonder why the cannon to signify the tribute’s death was not heard and they question whether the girl is really dead. Katniss hears someone offering to go check – it is Peeta’s voice. 

Chapter 12

Katniss is shocked and outraged to see Peeta has allied ...

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