The first event of the rising action is called the "inciting incident." It is the event that shows that things are going to be different for the protagonist than they have been so far. In Hunger Games, the inciting incident is Katniss being chosen as the female District 12 tribute.
Other rising actions events include:
- Katniss saying goodbye to her family and Gale.
- The Opening Ceremony, where Katniss and Peeta's fire costumes get spectators excited about them and District 12.
- In training, Katniss shows off her archery skills and her rebellious side by shooting the apple out of the pig's mouth at the judges table when they aren't paying attention to her.
- Peeta announces on Cesar Flickerman's show that he has feelings for Katniss and their "love story" becomes a strategy for the games.
- When the games begin, Katniss fails to get a weapon, only a small survival backpack, and forges out into the woods on her own.
- Katniss discovers that Peeta has teamed up with the Career tributes, which she sees as a betrayal to the districts who, like 12, are less cozy with The Capital.
- Katniss is chased by the Careers, but drops a tracker jacket nest on them to get away. She also suffers stings and the accompanying hallucinations, but she does get a bow and arrows.
- Katniss teams up with Rue to take out the Career's food supply and succeeds; unfortunately, Rue is killed.
- The rules of the game have changed: two victors can win, if from the same District. Katniss teams up with Peeta, who was hurt badly in the tracker jacket incident.
- Katniss nurses Peeta back to health and plays up the romance for the viewers in order to get money from sponsors and medicine and food from that money.
Now we're at the climax of the story, when Katniss and Peeta confront Cato to win the games and go home.
- Capital-engineered "muttations" chase Katniss and Peeta as they hunt Cato. These are wild dogs genetically made to look like each of the fallen tributes.
- From the safety of the Cornucopia, Cato grabs Peeta in a headlock, bringing him and Katniss to a draw. Peeta motions for Katniss to shoot Cato's hand, which she does, and Peeta pushes him to his death.
- Cato takes a long time to die at the mutts tear him apart. Katniss knows this is for the benefit of the viewers, who will enjoy such a grisly end.
- When Katniss finally shoot Cato, they think it's all over, but there is another rule change. Now there can be only one victor.
- Unwilling to kill each other (and with Katniss unwilling to allow Peeta to kill himself), Katniss pulls out the poisonous berries and begins a double suicide with Peeta to force the Capital's hand. The announcers stop them just in time and declare a double victory.