When the anthem starts, Katniss climbs up and saws at the branch holding the nest, but the anthem ends before she finishes so she decides to wait until morning. Once they are in the arena, Peeta and Katniss are split up. After that, they head home to get ready for the hunger games, a holiday were they basically watch people from each district kill each other, and this year's tribute is Katniss' sister, Primrose Everdeen. Eventually, at the end, peeta and katniss almost die. To remind the rest of the people not to rebel, the Hunger Games were created. The last one living wins food for the rest of their lifetime.
The dogs end up attacking the other tribute, and out of pity, Katniss shoots him with an arrow to put him out of his misery. Clove protests that it wasn't her, and screams for Cato. Then she hears the mockingjay singing the song Rue taught her. And also because Katniss is a really good hunter with her bow. That night, the Capitol will project the faces of the dead, so Katniss will know who continues to survive. Peeta convinces the others to leave her alone for the night. The thought saddens her, but she also realizes that if Peeta is dead, she will not be faced with having to kill him.
In trying to get her gift, which she assumes is anti-infection medicine for Peeta, she is almost killed by a Career, but saved by the other tribute from Rue's district. Then she heads out into the woods looking for water. She wonders if she was hallucinating, but is sure that she wasn't. At the place, where she was, wasn't his home. In the book, Katniss District 12 tribute and Peeta other District 12 tribute compete to try and steal the victory of living in Victor Village. Katniss dodges the knife and hits her in the arm with an arrow. Clove becomes angry at this, but before she can use the knife, Thresh lifts her up and throws her too the ground.
This leads Katniss to start formulating a plan. Then surprisingly Peeta's dad visits her, he brings her cookies and says he'll make sure Prim does not starve. However, she doesn't fully realize her emotional connection to Rue until the young girl dies. Tahr was sleeping and when he opened his eyes he felt alone. She makes her way back to the rendezvous point to meet Rue, but she is not there.
Eventually the attack ends and Katniss walks until she finds a small pool. Her only option is to crawl, which she does. During training, Katniss reveals her archery skills to the Gamemakers and scores an amazing 11 out of 12. Katniss is happy to have the bow and arrows because this gives her a huge advantage. Haymitch sends Katniss sleeping medicen so she can put Peeta to sleep. Peeta gets a lower score and asks to be coached separately.
Even though her location in the tree is still a secret, Katniss is extremely nervous. . She then notices a sack of apples and realizes that she can set off a chain of explosions if she can create a large enough hole in the bag. Cinna compliments Katniss's braid, and she realizes that Cinna is a new stylist for the Hunger Games. The group decides to wait Katniss out. Any movement before then will trigger land mines. Katniss asks about Peeta and mentions that she isn't sure he saved her since he was with the Careers.
In the afternoon, she risks a fire to cook a bird she's shot, but as she prepares it, she hears a twig snap and recognizes hiding nearby. Katniss tries to run away from the camp, but can't because she is too dizzy to walk. She sees other tributes being killed and has a knife thrown at her, but moves her backpack to stop it from reaching her skin. Katniss makes a fire around late afternoon and puts it out before dusk, warming the plucked bird over the hot coals. Also note that Collins' clever naming continues with Rue. During the opening ceremonies, Cinna and Portia dress Katniss and Peeta in flames and they draw much attention to themselves.
Eventually Katniss figures out that Peeta really is in love with her — he wasn't acting at all — and he figures out that she wasn't ever in love with him. In terms of the revolutionary theme, Katniss considers the flowers to be an act of individual rebellion against the Capitol. They are using him to find her. Katniss is last to go, and it doesn't go as well as expected. As she looks, she shoots a rabbit that crosses her path. A large and dangerous looking boy named Cato begins climbing up after Katniss, but he falls out of the tree.
She is woken up during the night by animals running away from the wall of fire descending upon them. Peeta is heartbroken, but understands they must maintain an image as they prepare to present themselves to their district. Even though she tries to keep going, at times she is ready to quit. Katniss tries to decide what she should do about the knowledge. These wasps are tracker wasps who were bred during the war.
She climbs a tree just before they find her. His voice lacks the affected accent most people have in the Capitol. Katniss and Peeta escape by climbing to higher ground, while the other tribute falls and is tortured by the creatures. Someone throws her a rose, and she catches it. Panic begins to settle in, but she gathers herself enough to crawl to a grouping of small trees.