The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
This year its the first time Prim Rose Everdeen (Katniss sister) is part of the selection since she just turned 12. Katniss is completely sure her little sister isn’t going to be selected for the Games since there’s just one paper with her name among thousands of them.
The day arrives and its time to know which tributes will represent each district in the arena. Effie Trinket is the escort of the District 12 tributes and she is in charge of taking one paper with the name of the tribute that will fight in the Games. Effie takes a paper for the females, opens it and said the name Prim Rose Everdeen. Prim is selected by the lottery system that decides which children become tributes and that’s the moment Katnisse’s life turned off for a minute until she reacted and makes a really brave action.
“I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!” (p.22)
The reason Katniss volunteers to save Prim is that she is just twelve years old. She is a sensitive, caring person who has difficulty with any kind of suffering or violence. She is almost certain to die in the Games. Katniss, meanwhile, is four years older and very protective of Prim. Without any hesitation, she volunteers to take her sister’s place. Moreover, she has years of experience hunting (therefore killing) and is far less sensitive than her sister. This makes her more likely to survive in the Games.
Peeta Mellark is the male that has been selected to fight in the Games. Meanwhile, both tributes are on the train on their way to the Capitol. Katniss relates her first encounter with Peeta once Peeta has been selected as District 12’s male tribute.
“The boy took one look back to the bakery as if checking that the coast was clear, then, his attention back on the pig, he threw a loaf of bread in my direction. The second quickly followed, and he sloshed back to the bakery, closing the kitchen door tightly behind him.” (P. 26 – 27)
Katniss credits Peeta’s actions with essentially saving her life at the time and helping her realize that she would have to act as the provider for her family. When Peeta gave Katniss the bread, Katniss and her family were basically starving.