Catching Fire Booktalk
The games are over, and Katniss's life has changed, but she and Peeta are farther apart than ever before. But on the Victory Tour, the crowds will still expect to see two victors in love with each other.
President Snow has personally warned Katniss about the charade she and Peeta will be forced to play. When Peeta confessed his love for Katniss, it was real, while the love she showed him was just a role she chose to play, so they could win. Now, on the eve of the Victory Tour, Haymitch makes their future very clear and very specific. Haymitch knows what President Snow's warning really means. The pretense won't be just for the Victory Tour-it will be for life.
There have been rumors of rebellion in the districts. The Capitol is angry, and will not be disobeyed. For many years to come, Katniss and Peeta will be mentors for the tributes that District 12 will send to the Hunger Games. They will always live their lives in that spotlight. The Capitol will insist that the fake love affair that allowed both of them to win and live must become a reality. Katniss and Peeta must marry and continue their storybook romance, like it or not.
President Snow made his wishes, his orders, very clear. Haymitch has been equally clear about how those demands will have to be played out. Now it's up to Katniss and Peeta to figure out if they can live that lie for the rest of their lives, or find another way.