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Chapter 23 Summary

Katniss realizes that the arena is designed to resemble and work like a clock. During every hour, there will be a different horror in one section of the jungle. Katniss knows that she has just enough time to explain what is happening before the next horror will start. Now that Wiress’s message has been received, they focus on helping Beetee recover, and they retrieve his wire. Johanna says it is useless, but Katniss finds this suspicious because Beetee used wire to set a trap and win his Hunger Games. Johanna knows this because she nicknamed Beetee “Volts.” Before she can figure out what is happening, they decided to return to the Cornucopia.

The allies stock up on weapons. Johanna picks up two throwing axes and demonstrates her impressive skill. Katniss reflects that District 7 produces lumber, which is why Johanna has such a natural way with axes. District 12 tributes would have a greater advantage with munitions if they were allowed in the mines before the age of 18. No wonder they always do so badly at the Hunger Games. Other districts seem to prepare their children to use axes, tridents, or electricity, whereas District 12 sends helpless children.

Peeta takes the time to draw a clock in the sand while...

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