Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 21
Summary

Peeta insists that he can’t be trusted because he caused Mitchell’s death. He wants to die rather than get back into the hands of President Snow again. The others convince him that it’s all in his head and that everything is going to be fine. They tell him that they won’t let Snow take him. Peeta requests to get his own supply of nightlock pills like the other soldiers. They regroup and the other start looking for food. They watch another Capitol broadcast about how the whole team, along with Katniss, has died. President Snow appears and starts ragging on about the team. The broadcast gets hijacked by those from District 13. President Coin appeared and tells everyone that despite her death, Katniss is still the Mockingjay of the revolution. The broadcast returns back to Snow and ends.

They realize that their time is limited before the Capitol realizes that they haven’t actually died. Katniss regrets telling everyone about the lie, as she thinks that this has put everybody in a much more dangerous position than before. Their only option is to head underground and venture out towards the Capitol. Messalla leads them underground and they’re lucky that they have Pollux with them—he served as an underground guide for the Capitol before becoming an Avox. Katniss and Peeta have a brief conversation while she was helping him eat, and she realizes that he’s coming back little by little. While they were venturing in the tunnels, they hear a stranger noise. Katniss recognizes it as her name being said on a constant loop.

Analysis

The two presidents are using Katniss’ “death” to their own chosen advantage. This makes things harder for the team as there’s so much left for them to do.

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