The characters were still well developed. We both absolutely LOVED Tyson, the baby Cyclops. A close second was Rainbow, the Hippocampus. And a third was the Laistrygonian Dodge Ball Players.
The Sea of Monsters is a parallel book for The Odyssey. For my English teacher friends, struggling readers could read The Sea of Monsters, while advanced students read The Odyssey. Then they could share with someone who read the other novel and compare the two novels.
I love this book and recommend it to everyone!