Katniss Everdeen is the narrator and the protaganist of The Hunger Games.
Born on May 8th, Katniss has always been a strong, independent girl with a strong mind and sense of direction in life. Physically, she looks just like everyone else in the Seam – olive skin, black hair, and grey eyes. She was close to her father who died in a mine explosion when she was 11.
This was a difficult period in Katniss’s life, as right in the aftermath, the family was almost close to dying of starvation. In search of food, Katniss wanders to the richer part of the District and comes across Peeta Mellark, who discretely gives her some bread.
Katniss lived with her mother and sister, Primrose. Katniss’s relation with her mother is strained, mainly because of her mother’s depression after her husband’s death. Katniss’s solace comes only from Prim, for whom she assumed the role of the provider. In doing so, Katniss indulges in illegal trades and extreme hunting as well, along with her best friend Gale Hawthorne, whom she met a few weeks after the bread incident and forms a strong bond with.
During the Reaping of the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen’s life changes overnight when she volunteers to go as a Tribute in the place of her little sister, along with Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son – the first time they came together after their meeting many years ago.
Both Katniss and Peeta start to get entangled in a complicated bond as they both know they will have to kill each other in order to win the Games and return victorious. Their confused amiability and Katniss’s suspicious nature leads to a superficial behaviour on both their parts – or so Katniss thinks.
What comes as surprise to Katniss is Peeta Mellark’s confession of unrequited love towards her during a televised interview.
This creates a ‘star-crossed’ lovers image of the two in front of Panem, and promises to make these Games the best ever.
After a lot of deliberation, suspicions, plots and deaths – Katniss and Peeta finally come together to form an alliance towards the end of the Games as Peeta is fatally wounded. As per Haymitch Abernathy and Cinna’s direction, Katniss plays up the image of being in love with Peeta till the last tribute, other than the two of them, is killed.
To heighten the interest, the new rule – in which two tributes of the same district can be winners – is repealed. Instead of fighting down to death, Katniss and Peeta threaten to suicide so the 74th games will never have its winner. Subsequently, they’re both immediately declared winners.
After returning to the Capitol, Katniss must deal with the aftermath of defying the Capitol publicly. Her on-screen romance with Peeta also comes to a halt when he is heartbroken to learn that their relationship was all an act for the audience, though Katniss is unsure of her feelings.
Katniss has had a lot of emotional turmoil in the weeks that went by, her love is now being claimed by Gale Hawthorne as well. Unsure of whether her faith belongs to her best friend or the boy with the bread, Katniss focuses on the Victory Tour that she and Peeta must embark on.
However, Katniss now sees what her simple act of defiance in the Games Arena has caused. There is trouble in the complacent world of Panem : the districts are slowly submitting to a small uprising against the tyranny of the Capitol. To keep it under control, President Snow forces Katniss to keep up her love with Peeta to be the prime focus and threatens to kill off Gale.
While she tries her level best to do as told, she fails to convince the public entirely. After Katniss and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12, it is announced that for the 75th Hunger Games, 24 of the current pool of victors will be forced back into the arena to fight to the death, once again. This is in honor of the Quarter Quell, an event that occurs every 25th year of the Games, and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist. Knowing that she and Peeta will both likely be competing in the Games a second time, Katniss decides that she will devote herself to protecting Peeta.
Katniss and Peeta form unlikely alliances during the 75th Games, and the finale leads to Peeta and a few allies being captured by the Capitol and the destruction of the Games arena with a spectacular revelation that District 13 isn’t all destroyed, after all.
From hereon, Katniss Everdeen’s life is solely dedicated to being trained for war as the Mockingjay. She is now a heartbroken, war-hardened soldier whose aim in life is clear: she wants to kill President Snow who has destroyed her home, her family and her security.
She also continues to be in a terrible emotional turmoil over Peeta and Gale, and has a deal with President Coin – the leader of District 13, and subsequently the Rebellion – that Peeta and other tributes will go free no matter what.
Now understanding that she really is the rallying point for the Rebellion, Katniss gets into action first hand. She destroys several bombers (the pilots were still inside) belonging to the capitol, peacekeepers, a capitol citizen, and President Coin. She was built more like her father, as she acknowledges many times, and therefore would be healed – or so she thought. But Prim’s loss breaks her too badly to be healed.
Her shattered personality is brought together by the dandelion in the spring: Peeta Mellark. Katniss and Peeta marry and go on to have two kids, a boy and a girl.
Although the turmoil of being the Mockingjay has scarred Katniss for life, she gains solace and peace from Peeta and goes on to live.