Welcome back to my deconstruction series. Last time we covered up to the second pinch point, and the next section (5/8 to 6/8 or the second plot point at 75%) moves almost as quickly as the previous one.
After Rue’s death, Katniss is a little lost. She doesn’t have a plan except to kill everyone, to survive so that Rue’s death will not be in vain. That isn’t a very specific plan, though, and the Game changes with an announcement: Peeta and Katniss can both win if they both survive.
From that moment, what Katniss must do is pretty clear. Find Peeta. Help him deal with his injury. Play the devoted girlfriend.
There’s only a couple of mentions of home (backstory), the first is a brief mention of Gale and his feelings towards the Capitol (and now Katniss is a believer, she’s changed from the Games), and the second is telling Peeta the story of the goat. Stories within stories, here, since she begins by telling us what she can’t tell the world: how she really got the money for the goat. Then, she tells us how she got the goat. It’s a cute scene, Katniss tries to pass off the goat as a practical thing but Peeta teases the truth out of her (that Katniss did it out of love for her sister). (Though the savvy reader may wonder if Peeta is seeing things that aren’t there?)
And at their greatest hour of need, the Gamemakers taunt them with a “feast” at the Cornucopia, the medicine that Peeta desperately needs. Sounds like a second plot point to me!
I can’t narrow down which part of the sequence is the second plot point. So many things happen at the Cornucopia that are fairly meaningful for Katniss. She gets the medicine but is trapped. Then, she gets saved by the boy from Rue’s district as a thank-you.
At whatever point it happens, the Game has changed again and the story has shifted into the next section. After the second plot point, we’re barreling towards the climax.