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Catching Fire: The Hunger Games, Book 2
Katniss Everdeen sits in the woods at dawn, dreading the notion of returning home, where she knows camera crews will be arriving. Katniss checks the snare line she set. Her family can afford to buy meat since Katniss won the last Hunger Games. Katniss imagines Gale descending into the mines in an elevator and thinks of how her father was killed in a mine blast. Peeta is there, and he and Katniss exchange a few strained words.
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It has been six months since Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark won the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, an annual event in which each district in Panem sends one female and one male tribute to fight to the death in a televised competition for food and money. Though only one tribute can win, a change in the rules allowed Peeta and Katniss to both win. Their victory was partly secured because of Peeta's declaration of love for Katniss before the Games. In the Hunger Games, after Peeta and Katniss were the only ones alive, it was announced that the change in rules had been revoked, and there could only be one victor. Instead of killing Peeta, Katniss proposed they eat poisonous berries to kill themselves so that the Capitol would not have any victors. But at the last second, they were both declared winners of the Hunger Games. Throughout the competition, Katniss played along with the love story so she could increase her chances of winning, though secretly she was confused about her true feelings for Peeta and Gale, her best friend who was back home in District