Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 24

Katniss gets hurt with Gale’s comments, realizing that there’s truth to his words. She tells herself that she doesn’t need either of them. The next day, they watch another TV broadcast about how the Capitol seems to be changing tactics. Civilians flee to the streets of the Capitol. They find out that a young man was murdered because he resembled Peeta. The team can no longer stay with Tigris. The next morning, Tigris helps them put on disguises and spill into the streets just like the other refugees. The five of them split into groups as they blended in along with the crowd. Everything was fine until shots were fired. Several civilians and some children die. Katniss and Gale continue going forward and step into a scene wherein the rebels are in full combat against the forces of the Capitol. As the two of them continued on, the road started to split in half, separating the two of them. Katniss almost falls into a crevasse and sees Gale being trapped in front of a locked door. Katniss shoots at the door and it opens, seeing Gale say something to her but not quite able to decipher it. He gets snatched by Peacekeepers.

Katniss runs then realizes that Gale was asking Katniss to shoot him to avoid being tortured by the Peacekeepers. She’s still undiscovered and continues on. She finds herself in front of President Snow’s palace in the downtown area of the Capitol. Imprisoned children surround his refuge and she realizes that Snow kept them there to keep himself safe from attacks. Katniss sees charity balloons descending from the sky towards the children—in a cruel twist of fate, it turns out that these balloons are actually bombs designed to kill the children. Medics from District 13 hurry towards the children. One of the medics is Prim. Katniss runs desperately towards her sister and locks eyes with Prim before more bombs detonated.


Notice how most people think it is more honorable to die rather than experience being tortured by the Peacekeepers.

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