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Reality Bug, The (Pendragon #4)

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Fifteen-year-old Bobby Pendragon arrives on the territory of Veelox 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 whomever they want, wherever they want.
Fresh from his battle with Saint Dane on 1937 Earth, Bobby is confident that he ca
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Published May 12th 2009 by Brilliance Audio (first published September 1st 2003)
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Laura
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
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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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Jake
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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
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
Jena.sohn
"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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Kailey
Another great book in this series! This time around a lot is changing in Bobby Pendragon's travels and things are getting serious for Mark and Courtney too. The plot in this one is a real game changer for the series. I'm glad that the circumstances and adventures are changing, b/c series like this can tend to get formulaic after a few books. Not this one!

This book covers more varied settings than the other books since most of it takes place inside Lifelight, a virtual reality program that feeds
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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
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Jessica
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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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
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
Rebecca
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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Katherine Combs
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Gail
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
Iris
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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Max
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
Aparajitabasu
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:

VIRTUAL REALITY?
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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B.B.
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Alison
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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Jordan
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
Victoria
It seems that the imagination of D.J. MacHale knows no bounds. Each world that Bobby Pendragon finds himself in is more amazing than the last.

It's finally time for Bobby to face Veelox, the technological territory where everything is supposedly under control. But Veelox's smart, overconfident Traveler Aja may not be as in control as she believes.

On Veelox, everyone is safely ensconced in a virtual reality program called Lifelight, where your perfect fantasies can brought to life. But the realit
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Andy
In this fourth chapter of the Pendragon series Bobby Pendragon takes the battle to Veelox where Saint Dane plans on destroying his first territory. Veelox is a place of incredible technology, like holograms that are considered low tech, and most importantly Lifelight. The giant pyramid that holds the highest level of technology available to people. You can go into Lifelight and have a trip like no other. You are able to think of some place or something and it will take you there (only in your m ...more
Maythavee
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
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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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Pendragon (10 books)
  • The Merchant of Death (Pendragon, #1)
  • The Lost City of Faar (Pendragon, #2)
  • The Never War (Pendragon, #3)
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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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