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The Reality Bug (Pendragon #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  16,273 ratings  ·  384 reviews
The Reality Bug is the fourth book in the Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale. The world is all about peoples' imaginations. People create their own fantasy worlds and live inside their dreams. That is wonderful until their dreams become nightmares and their only hope of survival is to escape to reality.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Aladdin
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I love this series because the bad guy is one we can associate with because he reminds me of satan and if you haven't read all of them stop right here!!!! I am serious!!!! This is a real spoiler alert!!!! Well, I warned you!!!! Scroll downn.

It is an actual series in which the bad guy sometimes wins and this book is that start that. The good guy doesn't always win and I admire MacHale so much for having the courage to allow his characters to sometimes fail.
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Weller C.
Grade/Intrest level: 5th - middle school.
lexile: 580.
Genre: fiction/adventure.
Main characters: Bobby Pendragon, Aja, Loor, Mark, Courtney, Vincent, Saint Dane.
setting(s): lifelight, second earth, and Zadaa.
POV: Bobby's journels - first person/ second earth - third person.

Bobby travels to Veelox to help Aja protect the territory from Saint Dane. He has released a "bug" into the lifelight system. Lifelight is a digital world that is controlled by the sleeping person like a dream world. Bobby trav
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This was a bit of a letdown. This one promised to be more scifi and futuristic and looked really cool, buuut I think I may have expected too much.

Bobby Pendragon travels to the territory of Veelox, where most of the inhabitants are in a fantasy world called Lifelight. Plug yourself in and you can live the perfect, but fake, life.

I think I was expecting it to be more scientific, which isn't Pendragon's style. This isn't a hardcore scifi series, it's scifi/fantasy/adventure/whatever, so the techno
This book was amazing. I’m not saying it’s all pretty and sparkly or anything. It’s nothing like that. “The Reality Bug” by D. J. MacHale is by no means a little picture book for five-year-olds with unicorns and fairies and all that mushy stuff. It is, instead, a true masterpiece describing an entirely captivating, totally awesome, off-the-charts suspenseful and dramatic adventure. It is a mature book, though, so please don’t use it as a read-aloud to share with your preschooler sibling over win ...more
Bob Zhang
People are fascinated by the idea of virtual reality. However, virtual reality exists in The Reality Bug by D.J. MacHale, a science-fiction book aimed at teenagers. The protagonist of the book is a 15 year old boy named Bobby Pendragon, a Traveler between dimensions. The main dimensions in the story are Earth and Veelox. The story is told in third person and first person by Bobby. The story’s developed characters, multiple plots, and setting make this book a page turner. The characters in this ...more
"The Reality Bug"takes place on Veelox, one of the many territories in "Halla". Bobby Pendragon goes to Veelox to save the territory from Saint Dane, and meets the traveller of Veelox named Aja Killian, the most intelligent girl ever.Bobby realizes that Veelox is just like Second Earth except there are no people in it.He figures out that they are all in "Lifelight". Aja sets up a "reality bug"to save Veelox, not knowing that it would make it easier for Saint Dane to destroy Veelox...
Austin Moratalla
This the fourth book of the pendragon series and it is about Bobby pendragon and his quest to stop the demonic saint Dane. In this book Bobby travels to the abandon territory of velox and discovers the truth and about how everyone won't leave lifelight. There plan was to create a virus called the reality bug to slightly altar the lifelight experience but when saint Dane takes control it pushes velox to its crumbling point.

I thought this book was so far the best out of the pendragon series. I lik
Pendragon: The Reality bug is about a fifteen year old Traveler that flumes through territories to defeat an evil shapeshifting demon that goes by the name Saint Dane. So the readers of this review can understand what I’m saying, There is only one traveler per territory and they are the saviors of territories and have special abilities that help defeat Saint Dane on every territory, . Such as being able to translate other territories’ languages without realizing it, or operating the flumes which ...more
Elizabeth (Book Babble)
Any fan of science fiction will love this installment of The Pendragon Series! I haven't read anything quite like the world that MacHale created here! The new characters we meet and the fantastical concepts in this book really put it over the top! It was such a joy reading this book!
Samita Virani
I am a big fan of the Pendragon series ,but no offense this was my least favorite.It was just that this book was a bit too slow.Don't get me wrong it was a good book I gave it 4 stars!The reason it it my least favorite is because it is the 4th book in the series and the action starts in the middle of the book whereas in the other books it starts head on!Aja is a pretty good character but she seems kind of bossy and rude near the end is when she gets a little nice.

I recommend this particular bo
I'm actually really liking this series. The first book was pretty good, at least interesting enough to continue (though looking back maybe it was better than I thought at the time) but it seems like every book has gotten better and the stakes have been raised more and more. I am now thoroughly invested and regretting I didn't read them sooner-they've been on my mental to-read list since high school.

This particular book was really exciting--partly because I love the idea of virtual reality that
Fantasy Literature
The Reality Bug is the fourth novel in D.J. MacHale’s 10-book PENDRAGON series for teens. In each novel, young Bobby Pendragon, a Traveler, visits a different “territory” (world) where he tries to prevent Saint Dane, the evil villain, from causing enough chaos to completely destroy the multiverse.

This time Bobby is summoned to the territory of Veelox, which seems peaceful at first. Then he learns that Veelox is quiet because 90% of its population is plugged into a computer simulation that allows
Amrit Arora
Bobby has finished his adventure on first earth, and journeys to Veelox. Veelox has a peculiar problem; it is eerily peaceful. The residents of Veelox use a computer program/technology called Lifelight to make a virtual jump into a perfect fantasy world of their choosing. As a result most people always stay inside their homes in their virtual reality barely interacting with anyone outside and there is no one available to do any work for the community or to maintain the cities. The traveler for V ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4), D.J. MacHale
عنوان: پندراگن: کتاب چهارم: ویروس واقعیت ؛ نویسنده: دی.جی. مک هیل؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامه؛
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I didn't think it was as good as the third. Ironically, I didn't think the premise was as interesting. Which is weird, since this book was actually pretty creative.
I didn't like the side characters as much in this one. They didn't really interest me.
The book spent WAY too much time with Mark and Courtney. To be honest, I could care less about those two.
I also didn't like the overall atmosphere in this book as much. It wasn't as gripping as the third.

This doesn't mean it was bad. It was still a
Connor B
This was one of the best books that I have read this year because of how unusual it is. No matter how hard you try, you really can't guess what is going to happen. It is a really good way to keep the series going because of how it connects with the other books. Its ending is also very important because of how it changes every other book that will come in the series. It is very unexpected and can not be just left hanging without reading the other books. This book is great because of how sudden an ...more
Corrin Bulmer
OMG What an ending is all I can say!! St. Daine wins!! I never expected that to happen in a million years. A totally great twist to through in there at the last minuet. I can't wait to read the next one and I hope that Loor and Bobby get together.

I think this book is really well written like all the other books in the series but I think that this one is the best so far because of the twist at the end and the fact that reality was so stretched to the limit in this one. Each book just gets better
This was easily one of my favorites in the Pendragon series, for one simple reason: the introduction of Aja Killian. She's the perfect comic relief while simultaneously bringing a depth of drama and emotion to MacHale's world. Bobby gets in over his head (as usual) and forces Aja to reconcile her very conflicted feelings about being a Traveler...
A super fun read, one with exciting twists that reminded me of an action film. After I was finished with this book, I had to remind myself to come back
Katherine Combs
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Wow - this was really good - what a creative imagination the author has. I can't believe the different worlds he has created and the uniqueness and problems of each world. This one was full of excitement and adventure and it kept you on your toes to be able to understand where the characters were. I really enjoy the double story that is going on regarding his friends on 2nd earth and that they are getting more involved. It always keeps me anxious to read the next book to see where they are heade ...more
This one, I wish I could give a half star. I might've given it a 3.5. It's got a really interesting plot, well-thought-out world and characters and backstory, but parts of it were just so disappointing! Mostly just the parts inside the Barbican (a cool name for a fortress like that, which I certainly wouldn't have known if I read this book when I actually was the target age group). Those parts were supposed to high-tension, action-packed scenes, but unfortunately they just dragged. Oh well. So f ...more
Matthew Merrill
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Bobby Pendragon flumes to the territory of Veelox to see what trouble Saint Dane is trying to cause there. He meets Aja Killian (Veelox's Traveler) and she introduces him to Lifelight. Lifelight is a place where people can stay in their own virtual realities. The problem is, nobody wants to come back to reality on Veelox.Aja decides to fix this problem by creating the Reality Bug, which makes virtual reality less perfect. The bug (which Saint Dane helps to create, without Aja knowing it) takes o ...more
The forth Pendragon installment #4 The Reality Bug proved to be the ultimate sci-fi future or more specifically the ultimate vault of virtual reality where the human mind is so caught up in the imagination that it does not want to process reality.

So here is how the summary goes like:

The territory of Veelox has achieved perfect harmony. Fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon arrives on this territory in pursuit of the evil Saint Dane, but all is peaceful on Veelox -- because it's desert
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The Cheap Reader
I love when series continue to improve with each book. So far my experience with this series is each book is better than the previous books. It’s not that the previous books were bad or inadequate, it’s more like the next book is bringing more to the table in its level of awesomeness.

Veelox is a radically different territory (but then again that can be said about any of the territories). The physical world is fairly similar to our own. It’s the virtual world that sets it apart. They have the tec
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D.J. MacHale is a writer, director, executive producer and creator of several popular television series and movies.

He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended N
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“Aja gave Loor an up and down once-over. She then said, "Is Loor a man's name or a woman's name?"
Loor answered, "It is the name of a legendary hero on Zadaa. A woman."
Really?" Aja said. "What did she do that was so heroic?"
She killed her enemies and ate them.”
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