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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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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
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
Jan 25, 2009 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.
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
Brista Drake
Aug 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 27, 2010 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 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 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.
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!
Kat  Hooper
Nov 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sean Crastien
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jacob Cook
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While not my favorite in the series, it got super intense. It actually makes me fear for the state of virtual reality in our world.

This is the point where the series is really starts to pick up. I can't wait to see how the rest of the series goes.
Lleyton Y
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book about how people would choose a virtual reality over than their own. Bus it's tearing the territory apart. So Pendragon, again, has o save the world by trying to convert the world back to reality... This was a very exciting and thrilling book and i recommend it.
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't win them all.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Favorite book of the series so far.
Antonio Becerril
The Reality Bug (Pendragon, #4) by D.J. MacHale is a intense book where this territory is in the bag atleast accordin to Aja killian "No one messes wit the Z"
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 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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Omar Fazal
Nov 18, 2013 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
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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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