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The Reality Bug [With Earbuds] (Pendragon #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  13,454 ratings  ·  354 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 whomever they want, wherever they want. Their bodies lie in stasis while the...more
Published April 1st 2009 by Playaway (first published September 1st 2003)
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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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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
"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...
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...more
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...more
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...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...more
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
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...more
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
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
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...more
Bobby is a Traveler, one of the Guardians, who help protect the territories from the evil demon, Saint Dane, who is trying to destroy them.

This book takes place in the territory of Veelox, where citizens spend their time "jumping" in Lifelight. This is sort of like a computer similation, yet feels totally real. Lifelight takes scenarios from your own brain and lets you live them in a perfect way. Technology has been invented that allows those on a jump to have their physical bodies cared for ind...more

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...more
Nathaniel Reid
“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
Cortlyn Matney
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
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Joel N
Though it wasn't my favorite book, The Reality Bug is still a decent book. Bobby once again, travels to another territory, known as Veelox to stop Saint Dane and his quest to conquer all of the territories. The citizens of Veelox are in a building where they are stuck in a type of simulator where they can live their lives as perfect as they can. The only problem was that food wasn't being made and people started dying in real life. Aja, the traveler from Veelox, tries to wake the people up with...more
Omar Fazal
Dec 11, 2013 Omar Fazal rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more

Bobby Pendragon still dreams of his normal life in Stony Brook, Connecticut. He was once the most popular boy in the school. He was a star jock with a girlfriend, a dog, and better friends than anyone can ask for.
And now it’s all gone.
Bobby has spent the last year traveling through space and time to protect the world. He has lost and gained friends and enemies. He is seeing the truth about the universe.
This time Bobby is saving the territory of Veelox. Once there he learns that the town is...more
The Reality bug is the 4th book in the Pendragon series and this time, the territory coming to a turning point is Veelox. Bobby heads to Veelox after St. Dane, and on the way gets separated with Gunny. He meets fellow traveler from Veelox, Aja Killian and discovers Gloid is a food, and Lifelight, Veelox's main attraction. He thinks it is awesome and the Veelox has no problem because Lifelight turns fantasy into virtual reality until he realizes that every single person is addicted to it. Will Bo...more
I guess I need to escape my ideals on what literature should be. I used to believe books could only end a certain way; namely, a happy ending. This ideal worked well for a few years, but as soon as I began hitting the YA bookshelves, it seems I've been proven wrong time and time again. The last Pendragon book ended not-so-happily, and... well you'll have to read to find out what'll happen in this one.

I have to admit though, I'm astounded by the number of imaginative worlds D.J. MacHale has been...more
This fourth installment of the Pendragon is by far the most fast-paced and horrifying of the bunch. MacHale does a wonderful job of really getting the reader into the hairiness of the situation Bobby has found himself in on the territory Veelox. He and Aja have to fight Saint Dane in a way Bobby could have never imagined...surprise, surprise. Overall, I really loved this installment but it definitely brought a lot of uneasiness about morality issues and technology, which is what I think MacHale...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...more
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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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