Into the Planet

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 workin...

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Title:Into the Planet
Author:Jill Heinerth
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Edition Language:English

Into the Planet Reviews

  • Mary

    Before reading

    , 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 absolutely no idea of the technique, training, and skill

    Before reading

    , 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 absolutely no idea of the technique, training, and skill that lies behind those photos until I read this book. Jill Heinerth's story had me hooked from the very beginning. The prologue opens with a harrowing scene set in the middle of an iceberg and then transitions back to her earlier years in the first chapter. The story touches on her introduction to cave diving, follows her major diving expeditions, and highlights some of her best diving stories. Throughout the book, Heinerth also weaves a subtle reminder of the importance of water and its protection and conservation.

    This book is my favorite non-fiction read of the year so far! I absolutely loved it. Heinerth's prose is beautiful. She artfully transported me to the underwater caves as she retold her diving experiences, which are fascinating, exhilarating, and even terrifying at times. The pacing worked well. There weren't too many flashbacks and I never felt lost. I also appreciated her explanations of the technical side of diving. It wasn't complicated, but it was enough that I understood what was going on and why certain things happened. If I had any criticism at all, it might be that the last part of the book doesn't seem as cohesive as the rest of the book, but it was no less captivating than any other part.

    Heinerth will no doubt inspire a new generation of cave divers with her memoir, but for me, it confirmed that I am definitely too claustrophobic to take up cave diving. Nonetheless, I still loved the opportunity to journey along with Heinerth and explore some of the deepest parts of the earth through her eyes. I will definitely re-visit this book again in the future!

    A huge thanks to Jill Heinerth, HarperCollins Publishers, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this lovely book!

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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 mission: you still have to dive in the frigid anta

    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 mission: you still have to dive in the frigid antarctic waters looking for underwater caves in an iceberg.

    Jill Heinerth has lived through this, and a myriad other life threatening situations in her career as a cave diver. Into the Planet is her memoir of that career, from her decision to leave her desk job through the many dives and expeditions she's been a member of. Heinerth's writing is at its best when she's recalling her dives, which are full of sensory details and danger. Admittedly, my interest flagged a bit during the segments in between, especially those involved with the more "mundane" aspects of life, such as running a dive store or her prior career in advertising. It's obvious she lives for adventure and not the mundane, and this comes through loud and clear in her writing.

    Heinerth's career choice is a brave one, not only for the risk of death in any given dive, but also given the male dominated nature of diving. She details many troubling instances of sexism and judgment she's handled throughout her diving career, and her evolving ability to handle those situations.

    While I found it hard to connect with her extremely adventurous nature (a trait she attributes to the "7R Gene", ostensibly a wanderlust gene, albeit one I've never heard of. I'll take her word for it), I admired her perseverance in a field where she's seen so many friends and colleagues perish. This is a worthy memoir for the vicarious thrills, especially for those like myself who will most likely never cave dive.

    **I was given a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Harper Collins.**

  • Krista

    Jill Heinert

    Jill Heinerth seems to have led a life of trekking purposefully toward her dreams, and despite personal sacrifices and the constant risk of mortal danger, she has built an enviable career as a cave diver and explorer, as an advanced trainer of technical diving, and as a filmmaker and writer. Part memoir, part chronicle of modern cave diving and the evolving science that allows humans to go deeper and for longer on these dangerous dives,

    is an often thrilling and always interesting book about an extreme sport and an extreme life. [Note: I read an ARC and passages quoted may not be in their final forms.]

    The book opens with a prologue set inside the iceberg known as B-15 – a large chunk of Antarctica that broke off in the year 2000, and at the time that Heinerth and two others made several unprecedented dives into its interior, it was the largest free-floating object on Earth – and right from the beginning, the storytelling is thrilling and beautifully wrought. The narrative then rewinds to Heinerth's childhood and early adult experiences, and still, it's all fascinating. When the young professional decides to leave her life and her career as the co-owner of a Toronto-based graphic design firm in order to become a dive instructor in the Caribbean, her journeys

    begin in earnest. As every major expedition that Heinreth and her co-divers propose require sponsors and fundraising before the fact, it's interesting to see how she eventually uses her expertise in graphic design and photography to create the brochures and promotional materials that make the eventual dives possible (and then to see how she develops her love of underwater photography into groundbreaking filmmaking). The stories of the major dives that follow are worthy of any fictional adventure novel, but I have to admit that I wasn't as interested in the parallel story of the author's strained marriage to fellow diver Paul Heinreth (but can't ultimately fault her for putting this large part of her life into her own memoir). I was intrigued by the additional pressures that the author faced as one of the few women in her field, and acknowledge that it must have been horrible to be a pioneer at the dawn of the internet, before most of us knew to ignore the trolls. As the story of an adventuresome life, this is all good stuff.

    There is quite a bit about the dangers involved in trying to dive deeper and longer than anyone has before; cave diving seems to be an extremely competitive endeavor and Heinreth knows that every time she swims into the unknown she not only risks her own life but the peace and mental security of those she might leave behind; and particularly the peace and mental security of those of her friends who might be called upon to recover her lifeless body if she fails to resurface on her own. Heinreth explains that she has the “7R” gene (that causes people to seek the dopamine rush of novel situations), but unlike those who participate in extreme “sports” for the thrills alone, Heinreth stresses the scientific knowledge that her dives have provided – and especially those dives that trace the surprising sources and underground pathways of drinking water – and that does seem to legitimise her endeavors beyond the “because it's there” ethos. Overall, this is the story of a large life, and it's told well. I'm glad to have gotten to know Jill Heinreth and I wish her success and safety in the future.

  • 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!

  • Cheryl

    A claustrophobic nightmare but fascinating, nonetheless

    Personally 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 an advocate for protecting fresh water resources.

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    A claustrophobic nightmare but fascinating, nonetheless

    Personally 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 an advocate for protecting fresh water resources.

    This was a fascinating book and an insight into the mind of an adventurer I would never want to emulate. I tell you this woman has mucho ba**s.

    Her story starts in 1967 and goes through to 2018.

    I highly recommend this non-fiction story to all adventurers and armchair adventurers out there.

    I received this book from Ecco Books through Edelweiss in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.

  • Sophie

    Heard a super interesting interview with her on NPR, now I'm curious to read this!

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