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The Reality Bug (Pendragon #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  19,151 Ratings  ·  423 Reviews
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 deserted. The inhabitants have discovered a way to enter their own personal dream worlds, where they can be whoever they want, wherever they want. Their bodies lie
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (first published September 1st 2003)
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Halley Hopson
-- Reread 2016 --

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
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.
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
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
Sharon Ryan
A bit of an Inception flair to this one. Up until now the last "chapter" of one book was the first chapter of the next book. I have 1~5 and have been checking each time I finish a book that the last chapter is indeed the next first chapter and have not bothered to read it as the last chapter since I was planning on immediately reading the next book. However, I don't know if it's because of a different edition or a sudden decision to change the format, but the last chapter of this book is not the ...more
Feb 24, 2014 Carsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Weller C.
Jan 21, 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
Jan 29, 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...
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.
(Elizabeth) The Owlery
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!
Kat  Hooper
Nov 10, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
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
Katherine Combs
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Feb 23, 2017 Athimar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After re-reading a story - albeit an excellent one in The Never War - that solely concerned itself with the series' main protagonist, Bobby Pendragon, it was nice to re-read the next novel in the series, where not only do we once again get to read about Bobby's battles with Saint Dane, we also get to read about the lives of his two best friends back on Second Earth, Mark and Courtney. In fact - as opposed to just getting a single chapter in between several chapters detailing the events in Bobby' ...more
Sep 04, 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
Nov 27, 2010 B.B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Omar Fazal
Nov 18, 2013 Omar Fazal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fantasies and sci-fi
The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4) by D.J. MacHale
Pendragon: The Reality Bug
By: D.J. MacHal

The Reality Bug is the fourth book of Pendragon Series by D.J. MacHal. This time Bobby Pendragon, age 15 is on Veelox, a territory where people have abandoned reality for a virtual one. The book was mostly about Bobby living in a world of his own and he had to save the world by destroying the reality bug that his friend Aja had created. The problem is, the virtual reality is so good, no one wants to live in real life and the territory begins to crumble d
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
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
Cortlyn Matney
Aug 12, 2012 Cortlyn Matney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the fourth book where the theme of the book changed. Readers have seen Political issues, the issues that come with playing god, and how much of a pull history has on the present and future. And MacHale does it again. We go to Veelox, which we know has strange new technologies for us to see. It has all the promise of a great science fiction moment. Except something is missing. The city we are greeted with is devoid of people. It's a ghost town. And soon we find out why. We're introduced ...more
Oct 25, 2010 Reeva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nothing is a surprise to me anymore. MacHale has painted a whole new perspective for me. I can honestly say I am blow away by this one man's imagination. I still have 6 more books to go, but i can't imagine what other places exist inside MacHale's mind. I am totally ready to discover them. The Place that MacHale created is not just one unique place, but 10 whole different worlds, and one person from those places must come together to help save all worlds from chaos and destrustio
Bob Zhang
Jan 06, 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
Jul 04, 2009 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this has got to be my least favorite territory and least favorite traveler. But still, it was an awesome book. During the beginning, I was genuinly having fun exploring the place. Then as it got more confusing... it was like... wooow. Near the end though, it became a lot of dry, albeit creative, action. It only gets a G for violence this time. It was good, but if it were any longer, it'd be boring. Which reminds me, I actually had time to sit and read this, and I nearly read the whole thing ...more
Feb 17, 2013 Maythavee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Reality Bug is another fantastic installment in the Pendragon Adventure series. We finally see the true extent of Saint Dane’s power. He is always one step ahead of Bobby and the other Travelers and that scares me. Sure, they had victories over Denduron, Cloral and First Earth but are they truly safe from Saint Dane? Bobby was still stressed over his mistake on First Earth and it really showed when Aja Killian doubted his ability as the lead Traveler. I loved Aja. She’s one of a kind. Her in ...more
Nathaniel Reid
Nov 14, 2013 Nathaniel Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Pendragon: the Reality Bug” by D.J. MacHale, continues the adventures of the protagonist, Bobby Pendragon, as he adventures across time and space (that phrase!) The book follows Bobby to a quite futuristic territory, Veelox, where the populace has long since descended into dormancy after they succeeded in creating a perfect, virtual world. This book is entirely solid, following the author’s practice of combining tough questions about human nature on the territories with examples of Bobby’s grow ...more
Aug 06, 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
May 18, 2011 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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