Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian future society in which children are chosen at random during a ceremony called the Reaping to compete in an annual fight to the death known as the Hunger Games. Two children are chosen from each district of Panem.
This yearly tournament is a way in which the totalitarian government oppresses the public and maintains complete control over them, while entertaining the elite members of the Capitol. It is brutal and requires a great deal of preparation and training.
The two children chosen to compete in the tournament from District 12 are Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to fight in place of her younger sister, and Peeta Mellark.
The two are mentored and trained by Haymitch Abernathy. Since the inception of the Hunger Games, there have only been two victors from District 12, one of which is Haymitch.
Katniss and Peeta discuss strategies to help them win the tournament. The first question they are asked before their training can begin is whether they would like to be trained together or separately. Katniss and Peeta mutually agree that it would be in their best interest to train together as a team. They each have respective strengths that will help one another in the arena. Katniss is a skilled hunter and knows how to use a bow and arrow. Peeta is physically very strong, and working in a bakery has strengthened his camouflaging skills.