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, Environment, Nature, Biography Memoir, Travel

Reviews Into the Planet

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Taryn Pierson
    Jill Heinerth is the Chris Traeger of diving. “It’ll be fun! Well, it’s more grueling than fun.” She’s made a career out of diving into the most dangerous caves in the world despite pain and injuries, ingrained misogyny on the part of her fellow divers (nearly all men), and of course the mammoth level of risk inherent in cave diving in the first place. Heinerth is a great spinner of yarns, and she had me on the edge of my seat more than...
  • 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!
  • Karyl
    When my husband was stationed in Hawaii, long before we were married, his main hobby was to go scuba diving. He and his friends would get off work, grab their gear, and enjoy the gorgeous underwater scenery. While I myself have never dived, his stories made some of the terminology in the book familiar, and I loved reading a book about one of his favorite interests. When one thinks of diving, one probably thinks of doing so in the sea, especially ...
  • 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.
  • ⋟Kimari⋞
    You might also enjoy:Underland: A Deep Time JourneyBeyond the DeepDiving into DarknessEndurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage You might also enjoy:✱ Underland: A Deep Time Journey✱ Beyond the Deep✱ Diving into Darkness✱ Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • 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...
  • Beth
    I found this rather boring.
  • Kathleen
    Picked this up because I’ve always been curious about those who explore the flooded cave systems in Florida. I remember visiting Wakulla Springs, staring through crystal water into the dark void from which the spring flowed (when I was finally comfortable enough to take my eye off the gator sunning itself on the opposite shore).I remember the picture of the sign at the underwater cave’s entrance: a grim reaper over two divers’ skeletons wit...
  • Doriana Bisegna
    I attended Jill Heinerth's presentation of her work and life. Her talk was mesmerizing and so I bought the book. In order to truly appreciate the depths that she goes to (excuse the pun) to describe her life as a cave diver, you really need to see the visuals. That's where the book didn't satisfy my curiosity. It's fine to read about her explorations and discoveries but could one imagine what the moon looked like has we not seen the footage of th...
  • 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.
  • Wendy
    An explorer, filmmaker, and cave diver Jill Heinerth in “Into the Planet” takes the reader on a journey of discovery as she explores the extraordinary beauty and wonder of the Earth’s oceans, diving into the dark vastness of its underwater caves. Routinely the lone woman in a male-dominated field she risks her life in pursuit of momentous discoveries and knowledge like “the sources of underwater pollution, life inside Antarctica’s icebe...
  • Wes Metz
    There are people who are obsessed with activities that are outrageously (I am tempted to say "insanely") dangerous. I've watched a man free-climb El Capitan. I've seen wing-suited daredevils skim inches from the ground at 120 miles an hour. I've read about divers searching for artifacts at ocean depths where nitrogen narcosis and the bends are constant threats. None of them take greater risks than author Jill Heinerth. She dives in caves, the mos...
  • Kirsten
    [2019] My version of a Steven King novel, reading to be scared. A great introduction to one of the most dangerous and deadly activities in the world. The cave diving community seems to be a tale of two worlds. On the one hand, it was/is male-dominated, chauvinistic, competitive, and all about bravado and bragging rights. On the other, it’s collaboration, National Geographic documentaries, science and research, and surveying and mapping places d...
  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    This book was incredible. I didn’t know going in that Jill is Canadian, but it made me appreciate everything even more. I knew a bit about diving, but barely anything about cave diving. And while I always knew about how there’s water under us everywhere, to actually hear Jill talk about her expeditions made me realize how vast it actually is. She’s seen so much and been to so many different caves all over the world, it’s just so impressiv...
  • YY
    3.5/5 stars.
  • 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!
  • Sally
    Claustrophobia nightmare
  • Tracy K
    I picked this up because I am a diver; I went cave diving once a long time ago, and I couldn't help but be intrigued by someone who does that over and over again. I expected some thrills, and Jill Heinerth delivered. I can't remember the last time a book had me on the edge like this. I knew she could easily fill a book with exciting dives alone; I wasn't expecting the book to be so personal, motivational, feminist, and conservationist. I think sh...
  • EJR
    I think what she has done is amazing and interesting. I did not care for this book though. She comes off as very preachy and there are few descriptions of what cave diving is actually like? I expected it to be better/more.
  • 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 ...
  • Maureen Caupp
    By turns terrifying, thrilling, inspirational Into the Planet is a fascinating memoir that mixes science, adventure, and personal growth and discovery. I always knew cave diving was dangerous, but I never thought about all the challenges and everything that could go wrong. I learned lots about how underwater explorations are completed. Just getting to some of the sites can be a major challenge. This book contains some amazing photography Jill has...
  • 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 Summers
    This memoir of the author's career as a cave diver was interesting. The writing was a little clumsy and overly earnest, but the tales of her experiences were amazing and sometimes harrowing. A pretty fast read; I found myself wishing I could see more imagery.
  • 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.