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Pendragon: The Reality Bug (Pendragon #4)

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The adventure continues as Bobby Pendragon hits the territory of Veelox and discovers the ultimate virtual reality. It appears that Veelox has achieved perfect harmony and all seems peaceful. But appearances can be deceptive - Veelox is dying and Bobby must wipe-out the pending disaster of the Reality Bug. But once Bobby enters Veelox's virtual world - and sees his long-lo ...more
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Published November 20th 2009 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published September 1st 2003)
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Halley Hopson
May 07, 2016 Halley Hopson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This has always been up there in my favorites from the series simply because it has one of my book buzz words: virtual reality. It's something find incredibly interesting and am always eager to explore in stories.

This book in particular is sort of a turning point for the series because of the turn of events on Veelox, which I won't spoil for you here; you'll have to read it to find out!

As a side note as I stated in one of my updates; I did not remember shipping a particular coup
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Laura
Jan 25, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Carsen
Feb 24, 2014 Carsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4), D.J. MacHale
عنوان: پندراگن: کتاب چهارم: ویروس واقعیت ؛ نویسنده: دی.جی. مک هیل؛ مترجم: ویدا اسلامه؛
تصویری کودکانه از سرزمین آرزوهاست، واقعیت مجازی
Weller C.
Jan 27, 2015 Weller C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Jake
Oct 27, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dexter
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
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Jacob
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
Jack von Quilich
The forth installment of the pendragon series. It's amazing. In this story after the crash of the Hindenburg, Bobby goes threw the flume once again to find the turning point of veelox. The hold plant to inslaved in reality jumps. Your own dreams in the feel of reality. Saint Dane plans to bring veelox down by killing all the people in the jumps. There is tons more action in this book but I will have you read it to find out.
Holland
Jun 02, 2016 Holland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Tom Suhayda
Dec 04, 2015 Tom Suhayda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is one of the best books that I have ever read. I read books one-four and so far this is the best of the book so far. This book takes place on a different world or, as called in the book, territory much like our own. This territory has cars, buildings, cities, etc. except one major difference, they have a machine that lets you adventure into a perfect fantasy world that is in your head. Another important detail is that the book is written in a first person view and is written to his tw ...more
Tyler
There lies a world living in the complete manifestation of technology. Nobody wants to be in reality, instead escaping into a perfect version of their reality. Lifelight.

It is like an earth that has turned to technology, and nobody wants to do anything anymore. Everybody wants to be inside of Lifelight. It is a perfect fantasy reality, and nobody wants to rejoin reality. Is it a life if nobody is really living, or doing anything? Everybody has to survive off gloid. Gloid is a bit like jello, b
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Bob Zhang
Jan 08, 2015 Bob Zhang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jena.sohn
Jan 30, 2011 Jena.sohn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Alex
Sep 24, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The Owlery (Elizabeth)
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!
Travis
Feb 02, 2016 Travis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my absolute favorite in the Pendragon series. It took me exactly two months to finish this delightful book, and once again Bobby's going on the adventure of a lifetime with Mark and Courtney reading (or in this book, watching).
Pendragon just can't be beat. No matter what book you read, you'll still always be thinking, "Pendragon can own this". The dialogue, plot, everything is just perfect! Whoever hates these books have absolutely no taste.
You better read this book, cause if you don't S
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Samita Virani
Dec 17, 2014 Samita Virani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jessica
Sep 05, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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Amrit Arora
Mar 08, 2015 Amrit Arora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Connor B
Nov 03, 2014 Connor B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2015 Corrin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rebecca
May 19, 2014 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sarah
Official Rating: 3.5 stars

In this fourth installment, Bobby heads to the planet of Veelox, where he discovers Saint Dane has apparently already done his job and the territory is on its way to ruin. Naturally, this concerns him since, according to Uncle Press, once one territory falls, they all fall. Teaming up with Aja, the Traveler from Veelox, Bobby learns the population of Veelox spends most of their time in a virtual reality program called Lifelight that uses your own memories and thoughts t
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 22, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5
Katherine Combs
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Gail
Jan 09, 2015 Gail rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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 steakhouse...in 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?"
Ouch.
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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“Looks like it's time to liven up this dead little town!" - Saint Dane (The Reality Bug)” 21 likes
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