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The Reality Bug

(Pendragon #4)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  21,012 ratings  ·  455 reviews
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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
Paperback, 375 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Aladdin Paperbacks
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Halley Hopson
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-rereads
-- 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
Still great, but I didn’t like how Aja treated Bobby.
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
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seriously... this one was so freaking good. I can't even begin to properly form my thoughts on this book, it was absolutely amazing.

I've always been a sucker for Virtual Reality stuff- the first season of Sword Art Online remains a favorite anime of mine- and this definitely didn't disappoint in that regards at all. I absolutely loved the premise of this, both good and bad.

Goodness though, the bad stuff in this one was very VERY bad and I'm still a little in shock. And now I need to get my hand
Kylie Behnke
Dec 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
[3.5 stars]
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 27, 2012 added it
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
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I only liked the parts where Loor was in it.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Follow Bobby as he arrives on Veelox, a territory built on imagination and the power of technology. The lead traveler encounters Aja Killian who has created a new virus that could be either the salvation or demise of her home territory but could it be that simple?
Jacob Cook
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Continuing with this YA series, I read the 4th installment in the series this week. Wildly imaginative, the fourth book in the Pendragon series provides further background on Bobby Pendragon's universe (which, of course, is our universe, only expanded). I find the series as a whole to be one of the most creative and imaginative I have ever read, written in a manner that can captivate both children and adults. The language is just complex enough without becoming pedantic, and the themes continue ...more
Sharon Ryan
Feb 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Brista Drake
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The Reality Bug of the Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale was one of my favorites when I was a little girl. I'd say I read it in 8th or 9th grade, so it's been a while. This is my second read through and I'm much older now. I still remembered all the twists, so unfortunately it wasn't as shocking this time as the first, but it was still so nostalgic!
So I'm going to try to mix my feelings about this book, from my childhood and adulthood, for this review.
I'd say this entire book is fast-paced, per u
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Oct 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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.
Caroline Sarage
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pendragon fans
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The Owlery (Elizabeth)
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Sean Crastien
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Story: 4.5/5
Characters: 4/5
World-Building: 4.5/5
Editing/Presentation: 4.5/5

Story: The story was both unoriginal and very original. We have a world that is overtaken by technology, which has been done before. However, this was done in such a creative way—where people are living their perfect fantasies in their dreams and really not doing anything—that it was quite unique. The twist at the end (spoilers) also made the story original, as the “good guys” lost when they had been
Maberan Potato

So you're telling me that a dude made a super-duper VR game that is so popular 99% of the planet is playing and everything's going into decay... and that game is 100% reality-based?????



When people play game, it's for ESCAPISM. That's why you're always some 5 foot girl wielding a giant warhammer, a giant muscle guy cutting up Greek gods and other ghosts, a boy pursued by a giant spider or a dishonored dude gifted arcane magic to take revenge on his betrayers.

May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Onwards! This time around, Pendragon has come to the territory of Veelox, dealing with a virtual reality addiction crisis. It's a topic that comes up over and over again in science fiction and even in real world media coverage, warning that as virtual reality gets better and better, it will be harder and harder for people to leave, leading to society decaying. Regardless of what you think about the idea of such a thing happening in the real world, it's an interesting enough take to build the sto ...more
Abigayle Brannon
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ll be honest, I only started reading this series because I thought the covers looked nice. My school library has 8/10 of them and I’ve been going through them rapid fire.

This, by far, was my favorite one! The only thing it was missing was Spader, though I know why he couldn’t be in this one *sigh* I just really love him. I expected to hate Aja, and she was really snotty to begin with, but she got better and I’m excited to see more of her!! Also Loor!!! I was so glad she actually got to do som
Geordane Tabo-oy
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
What worries me about reading YA is that, being on the far end of 20, I might feel the material to be unrelatable, and therefore unenjoyable. And that fear extends to the myriad YA books I have bought when I was still technically a YA reader myself.

DJ MacHale's Pendragon series makes me feel my fears are mostly unfounded. Sure, there are bits in the books that remind me, "Yeah, this is for fifteen year-olds." (too much reiteration of certain plot points, simplified language etc.) Although notici
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it
A middle school student I mentor is reading the Pendragon series so I decided to give the books a look. In the 90's I served as a MS principal and really learned to love the YA genre. Additionally, I have been a SciFi fan for several decades (started with RAH's Have Spacesuit Will Travel when I was 9). The Pendragon books have been enjoyable but this one is a blatant rip off of Arthur C. Clarke's Lion of Comarre. I wondered why the premise was so familiar. Now, I'm starting to wonder what other ...more
Mercedes McLean-Wheeler
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The installment really stepped things up by making Mark and Courtney's story more interesting and important. I think it makes a huge differences in the urgency of the story. As a whole, it's nice to see Bobby stepping up and growing into his role more, though I was somewhat disappointed that we didn't learn much at all about being a Traveler or the greater battle for Halla in this volume. Though with the ending and dire as it was I'm confident that we'll see important developments in the next bo ...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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