You are definitely doing a more thorough job of going through this than me it seems
I either don’t realize that something is a grammar point that I could look up or I’m fine with just taking a guess. My Dictionary of Basic Grammar is still in pristine, unopened condition… I’ll just call what I’m doing “extensive reading”
For the vocabulary however, I had had to look up a lot. I’m reading this on japanese.io (I bought the book for the Kindle and after some swearing & experimenting managed to extract the text) on my phone and I’m really glad about this because it is super convenient to look stuff up this way and it doesn’t slow me down too much. I also mark all N5-N3 words that I looked up so that I see when I come across them again and know that I’m already supposed to know that word. I’d love to be able to read without such a crutch but I’m just not there yet.
Thank you so much for starting this book club. I managed to finish this week’s reading and although I had to split it up into 3 reading sessions and had to look up a lot of words, it was enjoyable. This was the longest Japanese text I’ve read so far and I would not have done this without having this book club as motivation! I hope I can continue reading along with all of you and actually finish reading this book. That thought is really exciting!
About the content, so far I guess one can say: talking bike, lots of talking about weapons, lots of machines, no people. Got it.