The Obsoletes


Product Details

Skybound Books
Publish Date
6.3 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Simeon Mills is a graphic artist, writer, and teacher. He majored in architecture at Columbia University and received his MFA in fiction from the University of Montana. Simeon now teaches middle school English in Spokane, Washington, where he lives with his wife and two children. Visit


"Alternating between antic comedy, freak-out horror, and existential angst, The Obsoletes does the seemingly impossible: it makes the joys and terrors of adolescence seem fresh and new."--J. Robert Lennon, author of Broken River and See You in Paradise
"Crisp, laugh-aloud hilarious, and deeply thought-provoking, The Obsoletes is a clear, smart lens for our corner of history."--Michael Poore, author of Reincarnation Blues
"This weird, poignant novel will resonate with anyone. [. . .] Raw and unforgettable."--Sam J. Miller, award-winning author of The Art of Starving
"The Obsoletes is inventive, moving, and funny. A perfectly weird and weirdly perfect novel."--Jess Walter, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins
"Fantastic . . . Mills creates a world where what it means to be a teenager is deliciously complicated. . . . this intelligent comedy will captivate readers."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"Curious, sweet, heartbreaking, and redemptive, The Obsoletes is a thought-provoking reminder that growing up wouldn't be any easier with a manual. These are the droids you're rooting for."--Delilah S. Dawson, New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Phasma
"What a debut! At turns endearing, funny, and imaginative, while always well written and always with weight. I predict great things for this book and the man who wrote it. A reminder that some stories feel good to read, even while addressing the big stuff. I love it."
--Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box