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Suzanne Collins' popular novel Mockingjay begins with Katniss Everdeen sifting through the ashes of the burned-out District Twelve. Through flashback, Collins reveals the fate of the district as Katniss recalls that Gale brought survivors from the town to the Meadow, safe from the Capitol's fire-bombing.
Katniss and the other tributes, as well as the survivors from District 12, have been brought to the mysterious District 13's underground fortress. It is here that the reader learns that the leader of the thirteenth district, President Coin, would like to use Katniss as the Mockingjay, a symbol of the revolution and a public figure to inspire her troops. Katniss struggles in making this choice, but ultimately it is Peeta who convinces her the most; he is still a captive of the Capitol. Katniss feels that her becoming the Mockingjay may be his only hope for immunity if he survives.
Her transformation into the polarizing figure of the Mockingjay, especially on camera after the Capitol bombed out a district hospital, becomes one of the most memorable moments from the beginning of the novel. "Fire is catching," Katniss declared on camera to the Capitol, "and if we burn, you burn with us!" (188)
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