Into the Planet by Jill Heinerth

Into the Planet

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planetMore people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today—and one of the very few women in her field—Into the Planet...

Details Into the Planet

TitleInto the Planet
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Science, Adventure, Biography Memoir, Environment, Nature

Reviews Into the Planet

  • Krista
    When we transcend the fear of failure and terror of the unknown, we are all capable of great things, personally and as a society. We might not always know where the journey will lead us. We might feel a burden of difficulty, but all paths lead to discovery. Both good and bad life events contribute to the fabric of who we are as individuals and as a civilization. If we continue to trek purposefully toward our dreams, into the planet and beyond, we...
  • Mary
    "I will take you on an uncomfortable rendezvous with fear. You will feel cold and claustrophobic when you read this book. But I challenge you to recognize the humanity in that sensation of terror you're experiencing. I encourage you to accept that you are an explorer like me." Before reading Into the Planet, I knew very little about cave diving. As an avid Nat Geo reader, I have seen some incredible photos taken in remote caves, but I had absolut...
  • Katie - Girl About Library
    Thank you to the publisher and author for allowing me to read this book prior to publication in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars, rounding to 4 because GRs doesn’t believe in the power of half stars- full review to come!
  • Onceinabluemoon
    4.5 rounding up. This book was fascinating, but unsettling, I had a gambit of emotions. I found the author off putting, but her accomplishments astounding. Loved the photos, always entranced at others bravery, but something about her didn't sit well with me. Despite my negative edge, well worth reading, to see how the wild ones live and thrive.
  • Lindsey
    I was so sad to finish this book, the author Jill Heinerth is some force of nature. I greatly enjoyed it.I am now on the hunt for more (female) adventure writers, and to take a scuba trip!
  • Allison
    I expected this book to be interesting and informative. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was fast moving with sections of humor. A very enjoyable read.
  • sbtbkb
    This was a great book. It's often hard to relate to "thrill seekers" but the author did a great job of explaining why she continues to pursue this passion. I never thought much about cave diving but the writing was so superb that it made it accessible. I liked the parallel progression of her career and the sport of cave diving. The writing style was quite immersive
  • Chad Guarino
    Imagine a grueling, weeks long ship journey from New Zealand through the Roaring Forties, Furious Fifties, and Screaming Sixties, being tossed around like a cork in your bunk as the ship is buffeted by rogue waves and storms on your way to Antarctica. The ship lists dangerously, colleagues are seasick, and you have to cocoon yourself in your bunk just to avoid being thrown from it. Now imagine that this isn't even the most dangerous part of your ...
  • Ben
    I expected much more. This is mostly about Heinerth's experiences on other people's cave diving expeditions, especially Bill Stone's projects. Bill Stone has an excellent book himself, "Beyond the Deep: Deadly Descent into the World's Most Treacherous Cave," so I don't see a reason for reading this one. Beyond that, the writing is very average. There is way too much information about her relationships. I didn't expect to be reading about her frus...
  • Jenny GB
    In Into the Planet Heinerth gives an intimate look at the thrill and danger of cave diving. She deeply analyzes her love, fear, and sorrow at engaging in her sport. While reading this you'll feel the thrill of exploring unseen worlds, the horror of getting the bends, and the sorrow of losing friends. Heinerth is unsparing in the details, which really allowed me into her thoughts and feelings. Sometimes this wasn't great since I found it really di...
  • Cheryl
    A claustrophobic nightmare but fascinating, nonethelessPersonally I do not understand how anyone could do the things in this book. I am very claustrophobic (but must be slightly masochistic to read and enjoy books such as this).Cave diver Jill Heinerth is also an underwater explorer, writer, photographer, filmmaker, and educator. She has dived in underwater caves all over the world and also in caves under an iceberg in Antarctica. She has become ...
  • Brian
    Jill Heinerth is an exceptional diver who has pushed to make a place for women in a what is often a macho, elitist sport. She periodically shows that she’s adopted that elitism as a personal value, for example, claiming her experiences of Antarctica are superior, “There is simply no comparison between a carefully managed tourist experience and the real threats and discomfort we endured on our crossing,” where an egalitarian person would hav...
  • Anne M.
    As this book ended I felt a tremendous sense of sadness because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her beautiful storytelling. I listened to this as an audiobook and I have to say that my preference in non fiction is for the author to read their own text. It just makes it so much better. The nuances of tone and inflection come naturally to one telling their own story. She is an excellent narrator. I loved this book. There were moments when I foun...
  • Jana Bouc
    Fascinating memoir of a life as a scuba diver adventurer, explorer and deep cave diver and what it’s like to do it as a woman. It includes some interesting side notes about a type of gene that people have who seek extreme adventure, that has something to do with dopamine processing. Besides loving water her whole life and always seeking the bleeding edge of exploration in it, the author is also brilliant, strong, competent and caring about the ...
  • Beth
    I was swept away by this book. I didn't even notice the time as I devoured the pages in breathless anticipation to see what happened next. If you love adventure like I do, "Into the Planet" will tempt you to chuck it all to live a life of only scuba diving travel. If you're an armchair adventurer, this book will likely inspire you to explore even if it's just a little something out of your comfort zone. Either way, you won't ever forget Jill's ep...
  • Shane Burgel
    Jill categorizes her time as a cave diver well and her accomplishments are staggering but the book didn't really "excite" me, even during the harrowing dives that she recounts. I'm not sure if it was the story telling or the way it was read (I listened to the Audio Book), but I wasn't as blown away as I probably should have been. So I found it very interesting but not exciting, if that makes sense. Still a very worthy read, just to better underst...
  • pianogal
    I enjoyed this one for the most part, but there were sections that just left me flat. Also, I thought it was a little weird how much detail she went into with her first relationship/husband and almost included her second/current "Love of her Life" as an after thought. Not a job I could ever do. This one left me claustrophobic just reading it, much less actually doing these things. Um, no thank you.
  • Lori Ann
    I didn’t realize modern-day explorers existed. Very interesting to see how she built a very varied career out of scuba diving. All stories were interesting, though I thought the editing could have been tighter. I also felt there was a chapter or two of fairly stilted writing in the beginning, but it seemed like she found her voice a few chapters in. Overall a really interesting memoir about a truly off-the-beaten-path career.
  • Fate's Lady
    I've never thought much about how much cave diving must differ from diving in open water. This memoir was both personal and informative, and one gets to know Heinerth intimately even as we learn about the technical elements of her career and the dangers inherent in it. This made for an inspirational, fascinating, exciting, and sometimes tragic read and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in adventure writing.
  • Sarah
    What an inspiring woman. This was an incredibly fast read, I couldn't put it down. I enjoyed hearing about her inner struggles throughout her career, not only career related but also personal, as well. I felt her genuine emotions come through. I will say I DID yearn for more thrilling cave diving stories, but since reading I've found myself watching cave diving documentaries and interviews with Jill. Great read!
  • Katrina
    What a fast, uncomfortable read. Heinerth writes so descriptively about diving that I found myself shying away from the descriptions until I was sure everyone returned from the dive safely (spoiler: they don't always) - only then could I go back and engage in the dive narrative. I was curious about the author and see that she's written quite a lot, and I plan to pursue her other books - her style is fast paced, engaging, and evocative.
  • Edwin Howard
    INTO THE PLANET: MY LIFE AS A CAVE DIVER is an amazing memoir written by Jill Heinerth, a pioneer in the cave diving field. Heinerth covers her beginnings in a regular job and how diving grew from a hobby to a lifestyle to something she is forever connected to. She recounts several of her monumental dive experiences in glorious detail and all the while sharing how her personal life was and is affected by diving; from relationships, to how her min...
  • Kristine
    I found this fascinating, terrifying, and very well written. Cave diving?! Diving through icebergs? Sump diving two miles into the earth? Who would do this? Jill Heinerth is incredible. Read this to learn about rebreathers, exotic gas mixes, the bends, normalization of risk, and the DRD4-7R allele. Take journeys to Huautla, Antarctica, Wakulla, the Arctic, and more with Jill. Not only am I amazed by her adventures and photography, her writing is ...
  • Liz
    Heinerth's memoir of her life as a cave diver rocks. Though I always love an adventurer/explorer books, the vulnerability Heinerth shows repeatedly throughout made it engaging. Her career and life's work are remarkable of their own accord, but her talents as a writer, in crafting and shaping her own personal narrative, kept me reading.
  • Michelle Taylor
    I won this book with Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.This book took me way longer than it should have to read. I originally wanted to read this book because it sounded interesting. It turns out it wasn't as interesting as I hoped. While reading about the amazing places Jill has dived was great, her description of all her equipment all the time was not my cup of tea.
  • Hannah Hansen
    I could not put this down. An incredible story of fear, excitement, and exploration that had my heart racing the entire time. Jill makes me proud to be a diver - not just a female diver. She inspires me to be a safer diver, a more intimate life partner, and the explorer that I was when I was a child.
  • Meredith
    Truly interesting book about a woman's life as a cave diver, Jill Heinerth. Mike and I heard her speak on an NPR episode and I was fascintated enough to get the book out of the library to read. Can't say i will ever go cave diving or do any kind of diving but give her credit for following her passion.
  • Liz
    This is an action packed, life and death memoir of a modern explorer. Heinerth is a skilled story teller, I felt as if I was on the small ship to Antarctica. Honest about life's choices, while inspiring and encouraging about taking risks, facing fear, and achieving your dreams. Only a few grown-up details to navigate for younger high level readers. Highly recommend for teens (and adults!).