She later dispatches an elite special forces team, which includes Gale, to rescue Peeta. They are now in District 13 and recuperating from their past experiences. In this long, expository section, Collins fills in many of the gaps in our knowledge of the war, District 13, and the characters. Gale had been toying with the idea of leading the people of District 12 against the government. Using his skills as a hunter and a pathfinder, he led them toward District 13—a place that the government had falsely claimed to be uninhabitable, but which Gale correctly guessed was a rebel stronghold. Katniss thinks the following: her name is Katniss Everdeen; she is 17, she lived in District 12; she competed in the Hunger Games; she escaped from the Games; the Capitol views her as an enemy; her dear friend Peeta was captured by the government, and he may be dead.
Katniss grapples with feelings of enormous guilt. A doctor gave her a technique for coping with grief and anxiety: make a list of the things she knows to be true. But it is easier said than done. However, when Katniss goes to greet Peeta, he unexpectedly attacks and strangles her into unconsciousness. Jennifer Lawrence once again gives a realistic, appealing performance in this science fiction world.
Katniss is a courageous and positive leader and hero who encourages the citizens to rise up and fight for their liberty. In this way, Collins suggests a more complicated point than the one she seemed to be making at first: in spite of their differences, the government of the Capitol and the rebel alliance are eerily similar in many ways. Katniss Everdeen wakes up from an intense dream about the Hunger Games, which the tyrannical government, helped by a corrupt media, use to control the population. When landing in the district, Katniss sees that District 12 has been completely destroyed by the evil government, led by President Snow. At this point, Katniss has a following of people who want to stand up with her and fight against the controlling government.
After Gale saved people from District 12, he led them away from the ruins of their old home. Coin and the other rebels want Katniss to be a symbol of the rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss and Plutarch have journeyed to District 13, a rebel stronghold—however, Katniss insisted on visiting the ruins of District 12, despite the fact that the government is looking for her. Katniss thankfully gets to meet her mother and younger sister Prim, who loves her fluffy pet cat. Peeta is still in the national capitol, being used by the government for propaganda against Katniss.
She notes that people in District 13 are trained and educated, and those over the age of 14 are entered into the military. She realizes that this rose—clearly placed here only a few days ago—must have been left by President Snow. Coin and company have been trying to get Katniss to give a soundbyte or two for the benefit of the people who look up to her. Quickly, she calls Buttercup and carries her away from the house. Because the revolution has a secret weapon.
Katniss again sees Peeta spouting the same 'give up your guns' propaganda. Katniss wakes up in the medical facility, and is informed that Peeta has been 'hijacked' —brainwashed into wanting to kill Katniss through aversion therapy. Katniss insists that she is, even as she stares at dead bodies lying on the ground. Only a month ago, she thinks, the Capitol—the government and ruling class of Panem, the nation in which she lives—blew up a huge chunk of District 12 with a firebomb. It has its own missile defense systems against aircraft raiders and has its own life support systems.
Coin realises that the bombers are just looking for their defenses and orders them to just stay quiet. Like Snow, Coin wants Katniss to be a figurehead for her side—to follow scripts, smile and wave, etc. Immediately she asks where Peeta is, who fought in the games alongside her. Katniss wanders through District 12, and various people waiting in a hovercraft give her directions via her headset. Their identical titles encourage us to immediately see the similarities between Coin and Snow, the president of the Capitol.
But when Katniss sees the Capitol's ships bombing hospitals, she speaks her heart out about the tyranny of the Capitol's way of doing things. Yesterday, Katniss overheard Coin saying that the rebels should have rescued Peeta instead of Katniss—he would have been a better figurehead. Gale appears at the door of the hovercraft and helps Katniss inside. Refrain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks, name calling or inciting hatred against any community. It is basically an underground fortress. After sacrificing herself to end the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss has been recovering in the underground District 13.