Hunger Games Scenes that make me sob.

3. Rue getting speared by the Boy from 1.

When I break into the clearing, she’s on the ground, hopelessly entangled in a net. She just has time to reach her hand through the mesh and say my name before the spear enters her body.

The boy from District 1 dies before he can pull out the spear. My arrow drives deeply into the centre of his neck. He falls to his knees and halves the brief remainder of his life by yanking out the arrow and drowning in his own blood. I’m reloaded, shifting my aim from side to side, while I shout at Rue, “Are there more? Are there more?” She has to say no several times before I hear it.


Hunger Games Scenes that make me sob.

2. Primrose Everdeen being called out for the hunger games.

Effie Trinket crosses back to the podium, smoothes out the slip of paper, and reads out the name in one clear voice. And it’s not me. It’s Primrose Everdeen.

There must have been some mistake. This can’t be happening. Prim was one slip of paper in thousands. Her chances of being chosen were so remote I’d not even been bothered to worry about her. Hadn’t I done everything? Taken the tesserae, refused to let her do the same? One slip. One slip in thousands. The odds had been entirely in her favour. 


Hunger Games Scenes that make me sob.

4. Aftermath of Katniss walking away from Rue.

But I told Rue I’d be there. For both of us. And somehow that seems more important than the vow I gave Prim.

I really think I stand a chance doing it now. Winning. It’s not just having the arrows or outsmarting the Careers a few times, although those things help. Something happened when I was holding Rue’s hand, watching the life drain out of her. Now I am determained to avenge her, to make her loss unforgettable, and I can only do that by winning and thereby making myself unforgettable.